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United Kingdom development projects

Fred. Olsen Renewables is one of the leading independent renewable energy producers in the UK

We have been developing and operating wind farms since the mid-1990s. Our operational wind farm portfolio in the UK comprises a total generating capacity of 529.7 MW and we have an extensive pipeline of wind energy projects coming forward.

With over twenty-five years of experience in consenting, developing and operating wind farms, we are one of very few developers that take a project all the way from initiation and development, through to operation and ultimately decommissioning. To date, we have a 100% track record of success – supporting every project that we have identified into consent and/or operation.

By being involved in every aspect of a wind farm’s lifecycle, we are not only experts in developing successful projects, we are good neighbours. Engagement with key stakeholders and the local communities surrounding our sites is at the heart of all we do.

We are using our experience to explore emerging technologies and offshore wind development. This will allow us to bring forward a mix of renewable technology developments – delivering environmental, economic and social benefits for many years to come.

 

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Crystal Rig I

Crystal Rig I wind farm is located on the Lammermuir Hills approximately 40 km east of Edinburgh and 10 km south of Dunbar in the Scottish Borders, adjacent to the boundary with East Lothian.

Status Operational
Number of turbines 20
Location Nr Dunbar, East Lothian, EH42 1SH
Type of turbines 2.5 MW Nordex N80
Installed capacity 50
Operational since 2003
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Crystal Rig II

Crystal Rig II wind farm received consent on 12 July 2005. Construction started in 2008 and the site was completed in 2010. The 60 Siemens 2.3 MW turbines are positioned predominantly to the west of the existing Crystal Rig wind farm, with turbines both within the Scottish Borders Council and the East Lothian Council. Dunbar is the closest town (approximately 10 km from the wind farm). The nearest village is Cranshaws (5.5 km south-southeast of the wind farm). The 2.3 MW Siemens turbine diameter is 93 m and the height of the towers are between 68.5 – 78.5 m.

Status Operational
Number of turbines 60
Location Nr Dunbar, East Lothian, EH42 1SH
Type of turbines 2.3 MW Siemens VS
Installed capacity 138
Operational since 2010
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Crystal Rig III

Crystal Rig Phase III is the extension to the successful Crystal Rig I and Crystal Rig II wind farms. The extension is on the northern side of Crystal Rig II, 1.3km to the south of the Lothian Edge and 3km north of the summit of Birk Cleugh Hill.

Status Operational
Number of turbines 6
Location Nr Dunbar, East Lothian, EH42 1SH
Type of turbines 2.3 MW Siemens
Installed capacity 13.8
Operational since 2016
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Rothes I

Rothes I Wind Farm is located close to the city of Elgin on the east coast of Scotland and consists of 22 Siemens 2.3 MW turbines with an installed capacity of 50.6 MW. The wind farm has been operational since 2005.

Rothes I is able to provide wind energy electricity generation equivalent to the consumption of 27.000 homes on an annual average basis.

Status Operational
Number of turbines 22
Location Nr Elgin, Morayshire, IV30 8SN
Type of turbines 2.3 MW Siemens CS
Installed capacity 50.6
Operational since 2005
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Rothes II

Rothes II received consent for 18 turbines in January 2010. The construction of the wind farm commenced in the summer of 2012 and started operating in the second quarter of 2013.

Status Operational
Number of turbines 18
Location Nr Elgin, Morayshire, IV30 8SN
Type of turbines 2.3 MW Siemens
Installed capacity 41.4
Operational since 2013
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Paul's Hill

Paul’s Hill Wind Farm consists of 28 turbines located southwest of Elgin and 15 km west of Charleston of Aberlour. The project construction commenced in January 2004 and the wind farm started full operation in May 2006. The turbines are Siemens 2.3 MW (state model) and the site has a nameplate capacity of 64.4 MW. The rotor diameter is 82 meter and the height of the towers is 58.5m. The wind farm is connected to the electrical grid system via 33kV underground cables to the SSE plc (Scottish & Southern Energy) substation in Moray.

Status Operational
Number of turbines 28
Location Nr Elgin, Morayshire, IV30 8SN
Type of turbines 2.3 MW Siemens CS
Installed capacity 64.4
Operational since 2006
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Mid Hill

The Mid Hill wind farm is located mainly on forestry land in Fetteresso Forest southwest of Aberdeen. Construction of the 25 Siemens 2.3 MW wind turbine generators started in late 2012 and was completed in 2014 giving a total capacity of 57.5 MW. The rotor diameter is 93 m and the height of the towers are 78.5m.

Status Operational
Number of turbines 33
Location Fetteresso Forest, Aberdeenshire
Type of turbines 2.3 MW Siemens
Installed capacity 75.9
Operational since 2014
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Brockloch Rig Wind Farm

Brockloch Rig Wind Farm is located near the village of Brockloch in Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland. The project received consent in 2007.

This will be an addition to the existing Brockloch Rig I wind farm (previously Windy Standard Windfarm) which was originally developed by RWE npower renewables and Fred. Olsen Renewables.

Status Operational
Number of turbines 30
Location 8 km North East of Carsphairn and 10 km south of New Cumnock, Scotland, DG7 3UF
Type of turbines 2.05MW Senvion
Installed capacity 61.5
Operational since 2017
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Brockloch Rig I

In late 2017, Fred. Olsen Renewables purchased two wind farms (Polwhat Rig and Gallow Rig) from Windy Standard Limited. These wind farms became fully operational in November 1996 and consist of 36 Nordtank wind turbines each of 600 kilowatts (kW), providing a maximum power of 21.6 megawatts (MW). The wind farm is located in Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland.

Status Operational
Number of turbines 36
Location 8 km North East of Carsphairn and 10 km south of New Cumnock, Scotland, DG7 3TJ
Type of turbines 600 kW Nordtank
Installed capacity 21.6
Operational since 1996
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Brockloch Rig I Repower

Brockloch Rig 1 (Windy Standard 1) is the earliest phase of Windy Standard Wind Farm, and it has been operating for over 25 years.

We are exploring opportunities to replace the existing Windy Standard 1 turbines with new, larger, modern turbines that utilise the latest technology.

Our repowering proposals would:

  • Reduce the number of turbines
  • Increase the generating capacity
  • Share existing infrastructure – including tracks and grid connection

Status Operational
Number of turbines 36
Location 8 km North East of Carsphairn and 10 km south of New Cumnock, Scotland, DG7 3UF
Type of turbines 600 kW
Installed capacity 21.6 MW
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Brockloch Rig III

Brockloch Rig III (Windy Standard III) received approval from Scottish Ministers in March 2021. The 20-turbine project is an extension to Brockloch Rig I (Windy Standard I) and Brockloch Rig Wind Farm (Windy Standard II). These three projects combined will deliver enough electricity to power the equivalent of 131,285 homes annually and deliver over £15m in a community benefit fund.

We look forward to working closely with local residents to make sure that the social and economic benefits of the project are realised, and maximised, locally.

Status Development
Number of turbines 20
Location Carsphairn Forest, Dumfries and Galloway, DG7 3UF
Installed capacity 80.8
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Crystal Rig IV

Our application to develop Crystal Rig IV in the Lammermuir Hills has been approved. The plans, for an 11-turbine extension, will form a natural expansion of the existing Crystal Rig Wind Farm. To date, Crystal Rig Wind Farm has delivered more than £2.6m in community benefit funds to groups in East Lothian and the Scottish Borders. The new proposals will see over £8million distributed locally throughout the lifetime of the project.  

We will continue to work closely with the local communities and Councils to make sure that our wind farm can continue to support local aspirations and provide a range of economic opportunities.

Status Development
Number of turbines 11
Location Lammermuir Hills, Scottish Borders and East Lothian
Installed capacity 46.2
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Fetteresso

The site is contained within Fetteresso Forest in Aberdeenshire.

Status Development
Number of turbines 10
Location Hills of Turf Hill, The Builg and Mid Shanks, near Fetteresso Forest in Aberdeenshire
Installed capacity 37-42
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Glenfiddich

Fred. Olsen Renewables is exploring the opportunity to develop Glenfiddich Wind Farm, located within a commercial forest approximately 5 km south of Dufftown in Moray. The proposed development comprises up to 11 wind turbines, 200m in height, associated infrastructure and battery storage units.

Status Development
Number of turbines 11
Location Approximately 5 km south of Dufftown in Moray
Installed capacity 82
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Lethen

Fred. Olsen Renewables Ltd is exploring the potential to develop Lethen Wind Farm, on the Lethen Estate, approximately 10km north-west of Grantown-on-Spey.

Status Development
Number of turbines 19
Location 10 km northwest of Grantown-On-Spey in the Scottish Highlands
Installed capacity 114-120
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Paul's Hill II

The proposed development is located on the hills of Carn na Dubh-chlais, approximately 7 km west of Upper Knockando in Moray. It is located to the east of the existing Paul’s Hill Wind Farm which consists of 28 turbines and has been operational since 2006.

Status Development
Number of turbines 6
Location Hills of Carn na Dubh-chlais, Nr Upper Knockando, Morayshire, IV30 8SN
Installed capacity 25.2
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Rothes III

The proposed development in the vicinity of the hill of Carn na Calliche, approximately 4 km west of Rothes village in Moray. It is located to the east of the existing Rothes I and II Wind Farms.

The existing infrastructure and access tracks will be utilised as far as possible.

Status Development
Number of turbines 29
Location Nr Elgin, Morayshire, IV30 8SN
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Scawd Law

Fred. Olsen Renewables Ltd is currently investigating the potential to develop Scawd Law Wind Farm, on the Holylee Estate approximately 4 km north of Walkerburn.

Status Development
Number of turbines Up to 12
Location 4 km north of Walkerburn in the Scottish Borders
Installed capacity 48-60