Renewable energy and infrastructure consultancy Natural Power has been selected as the owner’s engineer for the construction phase of Withernwick wind farm extension (Withernwick II), located in the East Riding of Yorkshire, UK.
Natural Power will be acting on behalf of Germany-based developer Energiekontor.
As per the terms of the agreement, Natural Power will provide owner’s engineer and project management services during the construction, turbine installation and electrical commissioning phases of the project.
Additionally, the company has agreed to offer principal designer and CDM 2015 auditing services to support the developer and ensure adherence to health and safety regulations during the balance of plant and turbine supply contract works.
Natural Power construction director Ralph Spernagel said: “We are delighted to be working on another project with Energiekontor, in particular, this ground-breaking subsidy-free scheme.
“As our industry continues to evolve, and deliver better and more cost-effective renewable energy, we are working hard to be at the forefront and support our clients by providing comprehensive services delivered by our experienced and knowledgeable team to guide and advise our clients in delivering successful projects.”
Withernwick Wind Farm Extension will see an addition of Senvion’s four MM92 turbines to the existing nine-turbine Energiekontor wind farm, which was built in 2013.
Energiekontor achieved financial close for Withernwick II wind farm after signing a long-term corporate power purchase agreement (PPA) with a global company in the consumer goods segment.
Withernwick wind farm project is reported to be the first UK wind farm financed without the requirement of government subsidies or support mechanisms.
Energiekontor finance and construction project manager Victoria Allen said: “We are extremely excited to be moving into the construction phase of this ground-breaking project with Natural Power as a key member of the project team.”
Cheetham Hill Construction started balance of plant construction work on site, and the project is scheduled to be commissioned by early next year.