New 94-MW High-land wind farm ‘switched-on’ to provide power to Grid

Making hay while the sun shines; construction work at Dunmaglass wind farm
Making hay while the sun shines; construction work at Dunmaglass wind farm

Work has been completed at a new Highlands wind farm to connect its turbines to the National Grid so that it is ‘energised’ and therefore capable of providing power from Monday (12 Sept).

Situated about 15 miles south of Inverness, the 33-turbine parc at Dunmaglass is SSE’s highest wind farm at 2,100-ft above sea level. It has an installed capacity of 94.05MW. 

Because of its geographical position, Dunmaglass is ideally located to benefit from the strong winds in the area. But the potential for adverse weather made it one of the more challenging projects in terms of construction. Fortunately a relatively benign Scottish summer means the project build has been progressing well.

Turbine delivery to Dunmaglass Wind Farm began in May this year and thanks to favourable Scottish weather work on the site has proceeded smoothly. The site is expected to be fully operational in early 2017 when the remaining seven turbines are installed.

A spokeswoman for SSE’s power generation unit said: “It is fantastic news that we have managed to energise Dunmaglass Wind Farm this week and that’s down to a big push from all involved on the site and the professionalism of the project team. We are very pleased to be in this position with the site now capable of providing electricity.”

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