Clyde extension

  • Category: Renewables
  • Energy type: Onshore wind
  • Project type: Project

In July 2014, SSE Renewables was granted consent by the Scottish Government, to construct and operate a 54 turbine extension to the existing 152 turbine Clyde Wind Farm located between Biggar, Abington and Moffat.

The extension site is positioned in the land surrounding Camps Reservoir to the north-east of the operational site and is situated within both Scottish Borders and South Lanarkshire Council areas. The extension will create an infill between the central and north sections of the existing Clyde Wind Farm.

Following the appointment of Balfour Beatty as Civil Contractor, early enabling works began on site at the end of May 2015.  The main construction works commenced in July 2015 and progress to date indicates that the works will be complete within the scheduled two year period.  Jones Bros Civil Engineering UK is delivering balance of plant as part of a joint venture with Balfour Beatty.  Siemens will provide long term turbine operations and maintenance services.

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Turbine deliveries started on Monday 11 July 2016 and are due to continue until early 2017.  For more detailed information about deliveries please click here.

If you would like to be sent regular updates regarding turbine deliveries please contact Pauline Allison on the details noted at the right hand side of the page.

Quick overview

Works are progressing well on site with turbine deliveries now set to continue through until early 2017.  The route for the turbine blades and tower section deliveries will begin at Kind George V Dock, Braehead, travelling east on the M8 and southbound on the M74.  Exiting at Junction 13, Abington, on the M74 they will then travel north along the A702 (approx. 2 miles) and into the site Access 1 at Wandel.  These abnormal loads will be delivered between Monday – Friday each week under police escort with three abnormal load components in each convoy.

All other components, including the turbine hub, nacelle and other ancillary parts will be delivered by HGV throughout the weeks and months ahead and will only have a Police Scotland escort from Junction 13, M74 along the short section on the A702.

Community

We recognise that our investments in new electricity generation benefit from the co-operation of the local community in a variety of ways, particularly during the construction phase. In recognition of this, our policy is to establish long-term funds to support community projects in areas where we are developing generation projects.  

Please visit our Community page for more information. 

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Project information

In July 2014, SSE Renewables was granted consent by the Scottish Government, to construct and operate a 54 turbine extension to the existing 152 turbine Clyde wind farm located between Biggar, Abington and Moffat.  The extension site is positioned in the land surrounding Camps Reservoir to the north-east of the operational site and is situated within both Scottish Borders and South Lanarkshire Council areas. The extension will create an infill between the central and north sections of the existing Clyde Wind Farm.

Following the appointment of Balfour Beatty as Civil Contractor, early enabling works began on site at the end of May 2015.  The main construction works commenced in July 2015 and are anticipated to last for approximately two years.  Jones Bros Civil Engineering UK is delivering balance of plant as part of a joint venture with Balfour Beatty. Siemens will provide long term turbine operations and maintenance services. 

The project is expected to bring a number of socio-economic benefits to the Scottish economy during construction and operation including job creation, skills training, opportunities for local and Scotland-wide businesses, and a community benefit fund worth over £20m over the lifetime of the wind farm.

Clyde Extension could contribute as much as £120m to the Scottish economy during the construction phase and is expected, on average, to support around 500 jobs in Scotland through our supply chain contracts.  

Engagement with local stakeholders and community groups will continue during the construction phase. If you would like to be added to the Clyde Extension Mailing List for regular progress updates during construction please contact Pauline Allison, SSE Project Liaison 

You can also follow us on Twitter at @ClydeExtension.

Clyde Wind Farm
The Clyde wind farm was officially opened by Scotland’s First Minister, Alex Salmond in August 2012. Clyde is one of the largest single consented wind farms in Europe and represents SSE’s largest onshore wind project to date with 152 Siemens 2.3 MW wind turbines.  The associated community funds so far have awarded over £3.5m towards local projects and initiatives since commencing in 2011.


For further information on Clyde wind farm please click here.

Press release archive

14 March 2016
Sale of a stake in Clyde wind farm to Greencoat and GLIL

SSE welcomes decision on Clyde wind farm extension

11 Dec 2012
SSE Renewables, the renewable energy development division of SSE, welcomes the decision by both South Lanarkshire Council and Scottish Borders Council to raise no objection to the proposed Clyde wind farm extension, situated between Biggar, Abington and Moffat.

The rulings represent a major step forward in the consent process for the development and SSE now awaits the final decision from Scottish Ministers, which is expected next year.

As a responsible developer, SSE has been in regular liaison with the community, local authorities and other stakeholders and has sought to address any concerns raised during the consultation process. This has included making amendments to the number of turbines, their location and ‘tip height’ – the maximum height of the turbine blades.

If approved by Scottish Ministers, the proposed 54 turbine wind farm will have a maximum generating capacity of 162MW and will be located to the north-east of SSE’s constructed, and recently fully operational, 350MW Clyde wind farm. Of the 54 turbines, 3 turbines are located within Scottish Borders Council boundary and the remaining 51 turbines are located within South Lanarkshire Council area.

It is predicted that the extension to Clyde wind farm will secure and create up to 500 full time jobs across Scotland during the construction phase and, once operational, will support a further 38 full time jobs. This builds on the 58 full time roles based at the existing Clyde wind farm, which includes 4 apprentices.

If consented, the Community Investment Fund associated with the Clyde extension could have a value of approx £20 million over the lifetime of the project. This adds to the existing Clyde wind farm fund of around £22 million which has helped to fund a number of community projects in South Lanarkshire, Scottish Borders and Dumfries and Galloway including £110,000 to the Biggar Rugby Club for improvements to their grounds and a £25,000 award to the Save the Crook Inn Campaign in Tweedsmuir.

SSE is committed to using local businesses where possible and during the construction phase for Clyde wind farm almost £100m was spent on Scottish contractors and an estimated £3m was spent on local accommodation, food, fuel and sundries. If consented, the local economy could expect a similar boost during the construction of the extension.

Director of Onshore Renewables, Colin Nicol, said: “I’m delighted that both South Lanarkshire Council and Scottish Borders Council have raised no objection to the project and I look forward to the final decision from Scottish Ministers in 2013.

“Through the successful delivery of Clyde wind farm, we have demonstrated that SSE is a responsible developer who takes a sensitive approach to proposed developments. In planning the proposed extension to Clyde we’ve looked to use existing wind farm infrastructure where possible and minimise the impact to the local community.

“The proposed investment will bring significant benefits to the region through direct and in-direct employment, long-term support for community projects and a positive contribution to the local economy.”