Windfarm takes shape

ScottishPower Renewables' construction of Lynemouth windfarm reached another milestone this week with erection of the first turbine.
ScottishPower Renewables' construction of Lynemouth windfarm reached another milestone this week with erection of the first turbine.

A WINDFARM at the Northumberland coast is starting to take shape as the first turbine is erected.

ScottishPower Renewables has installed the first of 13 121.5m-high turbines for its Lynemouth windfarm.

The equipment, which is sited on land near to Rio Tinto Alcan, will be capable of generating 26MW of power, enough to supply almost 15,000 homes.

Construction work began at the site last October, with infrastructure and access roads installed, before delivery of the Gamesa turbines started in July.

The turbines were transported by road from the Port of Blyth.

The windfarm was due for completion by the end of the year, but it is already on course to be producing electricity in November.

ScottishPower Renewables Operations Director Kenny Peberdy said: “Lynemouth windfarm is an important element of our wind development programme and is a fantastic example of utilising the UK’s abundant wind resources.”

Planning consent for the windfarm was granted on appeal by the Government in early 2009 after the former Castle Morpeth Council rejected the plans.