ABB provides grid connection to Whitelee Wind Farm

The ABB solution comprises low-loss transformers and high-voltage substation equipment that will step up the power generated by the extension’s 75 wind turbines and transfer it to the regional power grid.

When the extension is completed in 2011, Whitelee’s 215 wind turbines and 593 megawatt generating wind power capacity will produce energy to power an estimated 330,000 Scottish homes and displace between 570,000 and 1.3 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions per year.

Besides the three low-loss transformers, each with a rating of 275/33 kilovolts, 120 megavolts ampere, ABB is supplying circuit breakers, surge arresters, current transformers and capacitive voltage transformers to protect and control the power flow from the turbines to the grid.

ABB was awarded the contract by SP Energy Networks, a ScottishPower company that owns and operates the power transmission and distribution network in southern Scotland. Whitelee Windfarm is operated by ScottishPower Renewables.