Alltwalis Wind Farm, Wales
Twentyshilling Hill Wind Farm
Twentyshilling Hill Wind Farm is a subsidy-free wind farm project located approximately 4.8km south of Sanquhar. The 9 turbine wind farm was granted planning permission by Dumfries and Galloway Council in December 2014.
Construction of the 9 turbine subsidy free project was completed this month.
At the end of February 2022 all turbines were ready to export to the grid.
The first turbine components were delivered to site on the 29 June and 1 July. The deliveries consisted of a nacelle, drive train and hub.
Local Residents are being kept up to date with turbine delivery information via a text messaging service. If you would like to register for the service please text Doug Wilson, on 07542 754 642.
Work to construct a turning head just outside Sanquhar for turbine deliveries is well underway. Delivery vehicles cannot make a left turn at Eliock Bridge.
The turning head allows vehicles to safely turn around off the main road and make a right turn at the Eliock Bridge on the way to site. The work is due for completion shortly and will allow the turbine component deliveries to commence in June 2021.
The trial run to ensure the safe delivery of turbine components to site was undertaken. The trial simulated a blade delivery, the largest component, along the route to site. The trial went very well, highlighting a couple of areas where clearances will be improved ahead of the ‘real’ deliveries.
A key milestone was achieved with all 9 turbine concrete foundations poured and completed just before the Christmas break.
Despite the poor weather across the region we continued to make good progress on site. The tracks to all 9 turbines are nearly complete. Work continues on the turbine foundations.
We have started to install the steelwork and to prepare for the concrete pours that will be take place over the next few weeks.
We have tried to use as much rock and stone from within the site, from areas known as borrow pits, to build the tracks and foundations. By using the borrow pits we reduced traffic using the local roads.
Construction of the access tracks to turbine locations across site is progressing well and preparation of the ground for turbine foundations has also begun.
Some areas of the site are particularly remote so to make accessing them easier the construction teams have moved to a new compound area further into site.
Statkraft appointed Scottish company RJ McLeod to undertake the civil engineering works with Alex Jackson leading the team.
Rob Brocklehurst from Ionic Consulting is supporting Statkraft as owner’s engineer during construction. With construction expected to take around 16 months, the project is due to reach operational stage in late 2021.
Doug Wilson will be managing the project communications throughout the construction of the wind farm
Statkraft will keep the local community informed throughout construction through regular updates in The Nithsdale Times, and continued contact with the Community Liaison Group which was established during development.
The project will deliver a fund of approximately £190,000 per year for community groups and initiatives, and discussions around how this will be managed are taking place with the Community Liaison Group. For any comments or questions during construction, please contact Doug Wilson on 07542 754642 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Turbines: 9
- Tip Height:140 metres
- Consented:December 2014
- Project Status:Pre-construction
- Community Fund: Approximately £190,000 per year
- Developer: Element Power Ireland Ltd (acquired by Statkraft in 2018)
Start onsite, establish site compound
Commence work on site tracks
- Turbine foundations completed
- Turbine delivery trial run
Turbine erection commences
Wind farm operational
Alison HoodCommunications Manager - UK Projects