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First of 20 turbines erected at new wind farm by Tomatin

By Gavin Musgrove

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The base of the first turbine's tower is installed at the new wind farm.
The base of the first turbine's tower is installed at the new wind farm.

Wind farm giant RWE has said that its wind farm near Tomatin is now starting to take shape.

The tower sections are continuing to be delivered to the site this month and in May for the Glen Kyllachy development.

Tim James, RWE construction manager, said: "We have now delivered 124 components to site with 56 still stored at the Port of Inverness. It was a challenging period as it was often too windy to unload the components at the turbine locations.

"The two turbine erection cranes arrived at the end of March and earlier this month we began erecting the first wind turbine.

"Again, the wind made its presence felt, causing us to have to wait many days for a suitable window to lift the components into place.

"We will continue to deliver components to site in line with progress on site.

"Typically this will be two convoys per week with three sections in each convoy.

"However, the delivery programme is subject to the weather, progress on site and the availability of Police Scotland."

The convoys turn left out of the Inverness port and follow Stadium Road to Longman Roundabout where they will use the southbound A9 to the site entrance.

Mr James said RWE has success fully-energised the grid connection to the wind farm, adding: "We plan to energise the first wind turbines within the next month or so."

The turbines will be 110 metres high and the installed capacity is 50MW.

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