SSE wins consent for Bhlaraidh wind power project in UK

20 January 2014 (Last Updated January 20th, 2014 18:30)

British utility SSE has secured a conditional approval for the proposed 108MW Bhlaraidh wind power project on Glenmoriston Estate, north-west of Invermoriston in the Great Glen, the UK.

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British utility SSE has secured a conditional approval for the proposed 108MW Bhlaraidh wind power project on Glenmoriston Estate, north-west of Invermoriston in the Great Glen, the UK.

The project calls for the construction of 32 wind turbines with external transformers; two permanent meteorological masts; site substation and control buildings; on-site access tracks with associated watercourse crossings, and on-site underground cabling.

SSE onshore renewables director Colin Nicol said the £166m project is estimated to provide £13m of investment funds over its 25-year lifetime for community projects including skills and training initiatives.

The company estimates that the project will enable Highland and other Scottish companies to secure up to £74m, and create significant local employment opportunities.

"The company estimates that the project will enable Highland and other Scottish companies to secure up to £74m."

The company will now work with local people, Highland Council and the Development Initiative of the Great Glen (DIGG) group to ensure the smooth delivery of the project, while maximising the social and economic benefits to the local area, Nicol said.

"We are keen to ensure that local businesses are afforded as many opportunities as possible during construction, which is exactly what our new Open4Business portal is designed to do," said Nicol.

The Highland Council has raised no objection, subject to various conditions, for the proposed project in December 2012.

The decision was followed by an open and positive consultation between SSE, the local community and key stakeholders since plans were first proposed in March 2011.


Image: The Bhlaraidh wind farm will feature 32 turbines. Photo courtesy of SSE.

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