Windy Rig Wind Farm

Windy Rig Wind Farm is a subsidy-free project located on the Moorbrock Estate, 10km south of New Cumnock, Dumfries & Galloway. It is currently in construction.

About Windy Rig

Turbines: 12
Installed capacity: 43MW
Consented: December 2017
Construction started: February 2020
Community Fund: £215,000 per year

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Project Construction Updates 

19/06/20  Preparing for Turbine Blade Deliveries -  Laydown Area

We will be commencing work on the blade laydown area on Monday 22 June. The work is expected to take until September and when complete, will allow us to safely transfer the turbine blades for transportation to the Windy Rig site. During the early construction phase we will be moving materials within the site, this work will not impact on the A713.

We are currently operating a text message service to alert residents to potential disruption, contact us if you would like to register for this service.

08/06/20  Improving local roads

Work starts this week on ten new passing places along the B729. They will be of sufficient width to allow one HGV to pull into a passing place to allow another HGV to pass safely. These passing places were originally designed to be temporary but we are pleased that after working with Dumfries & Galloway Council, these will remain in place after construction and provide long term benefits to road users. We estimate the works will take approximately five weeks to complete. View the map of passing places.

27/05/20  Reducing construction traffic  

One way of minimising construction traffic on local roads is to produce some of the materials required on the site, such as the aggregates for concrete and access tracks. To achieve this, some blasting is required onsite in areas that have been permitted to be used as “borrow pits”. The blasting activity is carefully controlled and prior notice of each event is provided to the closest residents and relevant authorities, such as the local police.
We would also remind local road users that a text message notification service is in use to provide prior notice of potential disruption – contact us if you would like to receive these.

22/05/20  Planning a Safe Return to Site

Over the past week, we have been preparing the site compound to ensure that we can operate safely and comply with the Scottish and UK Governments guidance on social distancing. Currently, our activity on site is at approximately 80% of normal operations on the main windfarm site and we hope to be back to full normal operations in the coming weeks as more associated suppliers reopen their businesses, based on the current Covid-19 guidance and phasing plan announced by the Scottish Government.

On Site

We have created a one-way system in the office compound with clearly marked distancing measures in all of the facility including meeting rooms, offices and rest rooms.  We have also added additional hand wash stations at the entry and exit of the compound.

We will continue to monitor the advice and guidance from the Scottish and UK Governments and make any required adjustments to our working patterns.

Local Roads

Speed restriction signage is currently being installed along the B729 to remind drivers to reduce their speed and be courteous to other road users.

We are progressing work to create new passing places along the B729. The passing places will be permanent and will remain in place after construction on the wind farm. We have been liaising with Dumfries & Galloway Council roads department to agree the number and location of the passing places. We expect this work could commence in early June and would take approximately six weeks. During the installation of passing places, temporary traffic lights will be in place.

Our text notification service is up and running, which is used to update road users on activity and deliveries along the B729. Residents who would like to receive these notifications are asked to contact us. We will continue to use the Glenkens Gazette to keep the local community up to date with progress.


07/05/20  Planning a Safe Return to Site

Following the site closure in March, we have been tracking and analysing Government and Industry guidance as it has evolved. Windy Rig is classified as a high priority project and considered essential in the security of supply on the National Grid Network. We are currently planning for the safe resumption of works at the Windy Rig site.

Please be assured that the safety of our own staff, our contractors and the local community is of utmost importance. The next phase of the work required on site is solitary by nature – individual workers sitting in enclosed machinery cabs preparing ground works. For work to continue, we will ensure that staff can travel safely and independently from their homes to the site, work safely and in accordance with Scottish Government construction guidance.

We continue to monitor the situation closely and there will be light activity on site during the next week to review what is needed to resume works, and formalise working plans to accommodate COVID-19 guidance.

24/05/20  Windy Rig Construction Site Closure

Statkraft is closely monitoring the development of the COVID-19 outbreak and is taking continuous measures in line with the advice of the Scottish and UK Governments. Following recent announcements and advice, the construction of the Windy Rig Wind Farm is temporarily closed, effective from Tuesday 24th March 2020.

The site closure will be under constant review and any decision to reopen the site will be taken in line with the updated advice and guidance from the Scottish and UK Governments.

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Community

We want to keep local residents and road users up to date during construction. We have met with the Carsphairn Community Council and continued regular Community Liaison Group (CLG) meetings to discuss how we can minimise disruption and keep residents informed, particularly users of the B729. This will be especially important when the turbines are delivered to site.

We are also starting to discuss the community benefit fund arrangements with the CLG. Please contact us for more information.

Construction

Statkraft has appointed Scottish company RJ McLeod to undertake the civil engineering works, with turbines being supplied by Vestas.

We have a traffic alerts system in place for users of the B729 - please contact us if you would like to be added.

Background

In December 2017, the project was granted planning permission by Dumfries and Galloway Council. Originally developed by Element Power, consultation with local communities and statutory consultees took place to develop Windy Rig Wind Farm. The project will represent a natural extension to the existing and consented cluster of wind turbines at Windy Standard. As well as concentrating wind farms in one area, this also means infrastructure can be shared with other developments, reducing environmental effects.

In October 2018 Statkraft acquired Element Power Ireland Ltd, which included the consented Windy Rig Wind Farm. We are pleased that many of the team that developed the project are now involved in its construction.

 

Media & Resident Enquiries:

Email:  doug.wilson@statkraft.com

Phone: 07542 754642

Project Documents

Title Size Type
Project Newsletter - Spring 2020 0.7MB .PDF
B729 Passing Places Layout Map 1.6MB .PDF