Dunmaglass wind farm

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

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 has an installed capacity of 94.05MW.

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Quick overview

Located approximately 25km south of Inverness, Dunmaglass wind farm has 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 included the construction of the 33 turbine bases and crane hardstandings and associated cabling and drainage works.

The height of Dunmaglass wind farm presented its challenges during construction and the winter months brought high winds and plenty of snow. The site was fully completed and handed to the operations team in 2017.

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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.

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.