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Highland onshore wind farm gets extended

Playing a significant role in the supply of sustainable renewable energy, mechanical and electrical contractor Balfour Beatty Engineering Services (BBES) has carried out the electrical infrastructure contract for the extension of the RWE npower renewables Novar Two onshore wind farm.

The 300 hectare site near Dingwall currently has 34 turbines capable of generating 17MW of electricity

The 300 hectare site near Dingwall currently has 34 turbines capable of generating 17MW of electricity. The new extension will benefit from an additional sixteen Enercon 2.3MW turbines, which are connected to Scottish and Southern Electricity’s distribution network. With larger more powerful turbines, this new network will have an installed capacity to generate 36.8MW of green electricity; enough to meet the average demands of around 15,500 homes.

Working alongside civil engineering contractor R J McLeod, BBES has supplied and installed over 90,000 metres of high voltage, fibre optic and earthing cables. These cables were laid within open trenches alongside the wind farm roads after which the original soil was put back in place to protect the cables from wildlife and to ensure minimal environmental impact. BBES also fitted out the switchgear building and supplied and commissioned the auxiliary transformer, standby generator and low voltage distribution board.

With the wind farm high in the hills of the Novar Estate, the team continued in its ‘no compromise’ approach to safety, remaining vigilant to the exposed landscape whilst faced with the harsh winter weather.

As part of its commitment to a sustainable environment, BBES is striving to deliver projects that have minimal impact on local residents and the surrounding countryside, as well as the wider environment.

The Novar Two site benefits from a number of features that make it excellent for a wind farm extension, including high wind speeds, excellent road and site access as well has being a good distance from properties.

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