SSE Ltd. has placed an order for the Bhlaraidh wind farm, highlighting the competitiveness of Vestas’ 3 MW platform in the UK.
With reference to Vestas Wind Systems A/S company announcement No. 72/2015 of 23 December 2015, Vestas has received a firm and unconditional order for 30 V117-3.45 MW and two V112-3.45 MW wind turbines for SSE’s 110 MW Bhlaraidh wind farm, near Invermoriston in the Great Glen region of Scotland.
The order includes delivery, installation, and a 10-year Active Output Management (AOM) 4000 service agreement. Installation is expected to begin in the fourth quarter of 2016, with commissioning scheduled for the first half of 2017.
For the Bhlaraidh wind farm, the V117-3.45 MW and V112-3.45 MW are able to deliver a very competitive Annual Energy Production (AEP) and project profitability. The proven performance of the 3 MW platform and the nominal power rating upgrade from 3.3 MW to 3.45 MW are factors that have significantly contributed to the strong business case of the project and further confirm the competitiveness of Vestas’ 3 MW platform in the UK.
“The 32 turbine Bhlaraidh wind farm is a key project in SSE’s renewable portfolio, and we are looking forward to working with Vestas as we move through the construction and operational phases of the project. The proven track record, reliability and versatility of Vestas’ 3 MW platform were some of the deciding factors in our selection process”, says Murdo McGhie, SSE’s Director of Onshore Renewables.
“We are very proud that SSE has chosen us as a partner for the Bhlaraidh Wind Farm. SSE is one of the leading renewable energy developers in the UK and Ireland, and we are pleased to see the upgraded 3.45 MW turbines becoming a part of SSE’s renewables energy portfolio”, says Klaus Steen Mortensen, President, Vestas Northern Europe.