SSE starts turbine installation at 173-MW Clyde Extension
Wind farm in Scotland. Author: Neil Williamson. License: Creative Commons, Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic.
UK energy producer SSE Plc (LON:SSE) said today it has started the first phase of the turbine erection process for the 173-MW extension of the existing 349.6-MW Clyde wind park in South Lanarkshire, Scotland.
The pre-assembly crane has begun installing the bottom two out of four tower sections for each turbine. The rest of each unit will be erected using the main crane which is expected to arrive in mid-September, the company said.
The extension involves installing 54 of Siemens’ SWT-3.2-101 wind turbines. It is seen to be completed in mid-2017.
A new study, commissioned by SSE in conjunction with Siemens, says that building the Clyde Extension represents a GBP-108-million (USD 144.2m/EUR 127.8m) contribution for the UK economy. Manufacturing and maintaining the turbines will contribute GBP 53 million, according to the report.