22nd December 2016
An international award and connection to the National Grid are two standout moments which have drawn 2016 to a very successful close for the team at Kilgallioch Windfarm in Scotland.
Last week, the 239MW windfarm achieved another big milestone when Farrans energised the site and began to export electricity to the National Grid from the first array of turbines. Eight turbines are currently exporting electricity, with all 96 turbines due to be energised over the next three months, as the team continues to commission and finish the final turbine erections.
The major feat comes just weeks after the project was recognised on an international platform. A number of the Farrans team travelled to Madrid at the end of November to attend the 2016 Iberdrola Supplier of the Year Awards, with Farrans’ performance recognised within the ‘Supplier of Energy Related Services’ category.
Kilgallioch Windfarm, which is located in Dumfries and Galloway, is being carried out on behalf of Scottish Power Renewables – a client with whom Farrans has a long-standing relationship. It boasts some impressive figures - 96 turbines, 65km of road construction and a site stretching across 33km2 which will have the capacity to power over 200,000 homes.
Kilgallioch is the largest in a rapidly-growing portfolio of renewable energy projects for Farrans. In recent months, the dotted line has been signed for a number of projects, including the 13 turbine Bad a Cheo Windfarm in Scotland (26.65 MW), the 28 turbine Brechfa Windfarm (57.4 MW) and the 25 turbine Afton Windfarm in Ayrshire (50 MW).
Upon completion of all Farrans’ current renewable energy projects, the overall power output of Farrans’ renewable energy projects will total more than 800MW – enough to power Northern Ireland’s two main cities of Belfast and Derry.
Kilgallioch is scheduled for completion in Summer 2017.