Construction to begin at EDF Renewables' new West Benhar wind farm

23 Feb 2021

Construction of the seven turbines at West Benhar wind farm in North Lanarkshire will get underway on Monday 1 March.

It comes after the project team secured planning consent for some design changes in September last year. These include an increased blade tip height, from 138.5m to 149.9m which will allow for greater electricity generation, and an increased operational life from 25 to 30 years.

Planning permission allows for the installation of eight turbines, but EDF Renewables (EDFR) will only build seven. This is down to advances in turbine technology, so fewer are needed to fulfil the generating requirements of the site.

With a generating capacity of up to 30.1MW, West Benhar will supply low carbon electricity to power more than 18,000 homes. The project is expected to take up to 15 months to complete, with turbine delivery starting in mid-February 2022, and completion in June 2022.

Scottish contractor I and H Brown has been appointed to manage construction of the project, its work includes building the foundations and substation. Vestas will supply the seven V117 4.3MW machines.

EDF Renewables already has an installed capacity of 500MW of onshore wind in Scotland.

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