The 173-MW Clyde Extension Wind Farm has seen the first turbine components
arriving on site and erection has now commenced.
Construction work on the 54 turbine wind farm began last summer and is
expected to be complete by Summer 2017. The existing Clyde Wind Farm
already has 152 turbines.
The first phase of the turbine erection process has begun, with the
pre-assembly crane installing the bottom two tower sections. Each turbine
has four tower sections; a nacelle at the top with a hub and the rotor.
The remainder of each turbine will be erected using the main crane which is
scheduled to arrive mid-September and following the complete erection,
commissioning works will then be undertaken ahead of generation.
Clyde Wind Farm (Scotland) Ltd is owned by SSE, Greencoat UK Wind and
GLIL. The Perth-based utility, along with turbine supplier Siemens,
commissioned a study to ascertain the impact of Clyde Extension on both the
Scottish and UK economies.
An SSE spokeswoman said: “The windfarm represents a £108 million
contribution to the UK economy and manufacturing and maintaining the
turbines contributes £53 million.”
The report also found that 71% of the contribution to UK employment from
the turbines will stay within Scotland, and around 74% of the UK employment
from the construction phase will be Scottish.