Dunmaglass wind farm

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

The wind farm is located on the Dunmaglass Estate, approximately 25km south of Inverness. Located on a natural plateau at an average of 700m above sea level, Dunmaglass is SSE’s highest wind farm to be constructed, with 33 turbines; it will have an installed capacity of 94.05MW

The main construction works are now complete and the project has moved into the final stages of completion. The project team will be working hard throughout the winter to complete the commissioning of the turbine. The site will be fully operational by spring 2017.

Quick overview

Located approximately 25km south of Inverness, Dunmaglass wind farm will have 33 turbines and an installed capacity of 94.05MW.

SSE acquired the project from RES in May 2013 and initial enabling works began in the summer of 2013. This included the upgrade of 11km of tracks and the construction of two timber deck bridges.

Highland contractor RJ McLeod was awarded the £16m main civil works contract in summer 2014. These works include the construction of the 33 turbine bases and crane hardstandings and associated cabling and drainage works.

The main construction on Dunmaglass wind farm has now come to a close. The turbine deliveries are now complete and all the components have now been lifted into place with the last turbine components moved into position in mid October to completing the erection of the final turbine. All 33 turbines are now fully constructed and the project team are now in the commissioning and testing phase ahead of generating electricity for the National Grid.

Latest news

Turbine deliveries are now complete. The first turbines are now producing energy and are connected to the National Grid. The project team will continue with the commissioning of the remain turbines and hope to have all the turbines connected to the Grid by early spring 2017.

If you would like to be kept up-to-date with information during construction, please contact Corinna Scholes at Corinna.scholes@sse.com to be added to the Dunmaglass mailing list.

You can also follow us on Twitter at @DunmaglassWF.

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. 

More information

PROJECT INFORMATION

SSE acquired Dunmaglass wind farm from RES in May 2013 and enabling works began on site in the August of that year.  These works included the upgrade of approximately 11km of existing track from 3m wide to 6m wide; the construction of two timber deck bridges spanning 16m and 18m respectively; the construction of the 132/33kV sub-station platform; and the construction of the main site compound.

In the summer of 2014, we awarded the contract for the main civil works to RJ McLeod.  This included the construction of the 33 turbine bases with associated track and drainage construction, and the construction of the crane hardstandings.

The turbine deliveries are due to begin on Monday 9 May 2016 and will continue through June and July and into August. Turbine erection work will begin shortly after and we expect the site to be fully operational early in 2017.

More information on our plans for these can be found in the Important Documents section above.

DUNMAGLASS WIND FARM COMMUNITY LIAISON GROUP (CLG)

The Dunmaglass Wind Farm Community Liaison Group provides an avenue for the creation and maintenance of channels of communication between representatives of SSE, the local community and their elected representatives, and the Highland Council. Members of the public are welcome to attend any CLG meeting.

The objectives of the CLG are as follows:

  • To provide a forum for discussion and the exchange of information. 
  • To create and maintain channels of communication between representatives of the wind farm owner and the local community. 
  • To receive progress updates on the construction of Dunmaglass wind farm.
  • To consider any issues arising from the construction of Dunmaglass wind farm (including the upgrade works to the B851).

 

 

Agenda - CLG meeting - Oct 2016
Minutes - CLG meeting - Aug 2016
Agenda - CLG meeting - Aug 2016
Minutes - CLG meeting - June 2016
Agenda - CLG meeting - June 2016
Minutes - CLG meeting - May 2016
Agenda - CLG meeting - May 2016
Minutes - CLG meeting - April 2016
Minutes - CLG meeting - Mar 2016
Agenda - CLG meeting - Mar 2016
Minutes - CLG meeting - Oct 2015
Minutes - CLG meeting - Sep 2015
Agenda - CLG meeting - Oct 2015
Minutes - CLG meeting - Jun 2015
Agenda - CLG meeting - Sep 2015
Agenda - CLG meeting - Jun 2015
Minutes - CLG meeting - Apr 2015
Agenda - CLG meeting - Apr 2015
Minutes - CLG meeting - Jan 2015
Agenda - CLG meeting - Jan 2015
Minutes - CLG meeting - Oct 2014
Agenda - CLG meeting - Nov 2014
Agenda - CLG meeting - Oct 2014
Minutes - CLG meeting - Aug 2014
Agenda - CLG meeting - Aug 2014
Minutes - CLG meeting - May 2014
Agenda - CLG meeting - May 2014
Minutes - CLG meeting - Jan 2014
Minutes - CLG meeting - Dec 2013
Agenda - CLG meeting - Jan 2014
Minutes - CLG meeting - Oct 2013
Agenda - CLG meeting - Dec 2013
Minutes - CLG meeting - Aug 2013
Minutes - CLG meeting - Jul 2013
Agenda - CLG meeting - Oct 2013
Agenda - CLG meeting - Aug 2013

PUBLIC RIGHT OF WAY

During construction of Dunmaglass we are keen to ensure that access to the public right of way is safely maintained. We have put an alternative route in place which is signposted. This provides a safe route away from the main track and construction traffic. The leaflet below provides information about the alternative route and if you have any queries, please contact SSE's liaison manager whose contact details are at the top of this web page.