This 51 MW wind power project is the largest investment to date in the UK for Eneco Wind UK, a subsidiary of Eneco Wind in the Netherlands. Siemens will supply 17 SWT-3.0 -101 direct drive wind turbines to the wind farm, with a tip height of 125 metres. Siemens has also signed a fifteen-year service agreement with Eneco Wind UK, covering maintenance of the turbines and component defects for the duration of the term, the company said.
Eneco Wind UK will also fund local initiatives by sharing in the success of the project through a community scheme. This will provide the local community with a fund of GBP2,750 per MW installed on the wind farm.
The wind farm will be developed on the Lochluichart Estate, located on the higher land between Loch Glascarnoch and Lochluichart. It is due to enter construction at the end of this year, with full operation expected in 2014, the company added.
Guy Madgwick, director of Eneco Wind UK, said: "Alongside our operational 17MW project at Tullo in Aberdeenshire, Lochluichart Wind Farm represents the next step for Eneco in building a portfolio of wind projects in the UK that fit into the company’s model of sustainability for all."