Statkraft to build second onshore wind farm in Scotland

Statkraft is about to build its second onshore wind farm in Scotland. The project, called the Berry Burn Wind Farm and to be built near Inverness, is expected to strengthen the Oslo-based firm's position in the UK energy market.
Statkraft to build second onshore wind farm in Scotland

Construction of the wind farm began this week and is expected to be completed by early 2014.

“The news that construction has started on the Berry Burn Wind Farm is excellent for Moray and for Scotland as a whole," said Fergus Ewing MSP, Scottish Minister for Energy, Enterprise & Tourism.

"During construction, up to 50 jobs will be created for local people, and once the wind farm is operational a fund will be established to ensure the local community shares in the financial benefits it will bring,” Ewing added.

Berry Burn Wind Farm is situated in the north of Scotland approximately 30 km east of Inverness. The consent was issued in 2009.

The wind farm will have an installed capacity of 66.7 MW and an annual power production of around 184 GWh. Enercon is the selected turbine supplier, and a total of 29 wind turbines will be erected, each with an output of 2.3 MW. Statkraft’s total investment during construction is expected to amount to approximately GBP 70 million.

Statkraft has been developing the project with partner Duke Energy since 2004. Statkraft has acquired Duke Energy’s interest in the project and now owns 100 percent of the project company, Catamount Energy Limited. Catamount Energy’s development partner has been Force 9 Energy.

“We are very pleased with the decision to invest in Berry Burn Wind Farm and for Statkraft to be able to continue to contribute to the realization of Scotland’s and the UK’s ambitious renewable energy objectives”, said Christian Rynning-Tønnesen, President & CEO of Statkraft.

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