‘Trump’s wind farm’ is connected to Scottish electricity grid

A Scottish power worker installs new cabling near Dyce for the Aberdeen Bay offshore wind farm.
A Scottish power worker installs new cabling near Dyce for the Aberdeen Bay offshore wind farm.

The Scottish wind farm development made world-famous by the many failed legal objections to it raised by US business magnate and now president Donald Trump has now been connected to the Scottish electricity grid.

The 92.4MW European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre – also known as Aberdeen Offshore Wind Farm –  is Scotland’s largest offshore wind test and demonstration facility.

The EOWDC will trial next generation technology and, once constructed, is expected to generate the equivalent of 70% of Aberdeen’s domestic electricity demand.

Connection work began early last year and saw upgrades to the existing SSEN substation in nearby Dyce, with more than five miles of new 132kV underground cable between Dyce and the wind farm’s onshore substation at Blackdog, the replacement of eight miles of overhead lines between Dyce and Kintore and the removal of two existing towers at Stoneyhill.

SSEN project manager Paul Higginbotham said: “During the construction, we worked closely with the wind farm developer and the Blackdog Residents Association to help co-ordinate the inaugural Blackdog Gala Day in July and welcomed engineering students from Robert Gordon University to witness the underground cable-pulling in October last year.

“Close team-working between SSEN and our contracts Siemens-BAM and Balfour Beatty has also been vital in the timely delivery of this connection which will enable further renewable energy to connect to our transmission network in the north of Scotland.”

4 Apr 2018

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