A family-owned firm has erected a large wind turbine on a site in Shetland acquired from Scottish energy giant SSE.
Shetland Aerogenerators, operators of the 15-year-old Burradale Wind Farm, one of the most productive in the world, has put up a 3MW Enercon machine at Luggie’s Knowe near Lerwick.
The tower, generator and blade sections were lifted into place by a 750-tonne Liebherr crane with a reach of 85m. The crane was transported to Shetland by the German turbine manufacturer especially for the lift. Commissioning work and grid connection will be carried out over the summer.
With a tip height of 121 yards, the Enercon E-82 E4 is Shetland’s largest so far. The Viking Energy project – which is 5% owned by Shetland Aerogenerators – has planning approval for slightly larger 3.6MW machines for a planned 100-wind turbine parc on the islands.
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Shetland Aerogenerators took over the development from SSE. Commercial funding for the project was arranged with Lombard Finance.
The power from the turbine will be exported thought SSE’s Active Network Management system, which was introduced as part of the NINES (Northern Isles New Energy Solutions) project. NINES is designed to let more renewable sources feed in to the local electricity grid.
Angus Ward, Managing Director, Shetland Aerogenerators, said: “We originally thought the project could only be built out next year but thanks mainly to the goodwill of SSE we’ve been able to bring everything forward.
“The Enercon turbine is a highly sophisticated machine which will continue producing clean electricity even in high wind conditions.”
Director David Thomson confirmed that the civil works, including excavations, construction of the access road and pouring of the concrete base, had been carried out by local firm Garriock Bros, while Orkney firm Bryan J Rendall is doing the specialist electrical works.