Mid Hill Extension proposal submitted

Fred.Olsen Renewables submits extension proposal to Mid Hill wind farm, Aberdeenshire

August 2011
Fred.Olsen Renewables (FOR) announced today it will be submitting a 9 turbine extension to the already consented Mid Hill wind farm under Section 36 of the Electricity (Scotland) Act 1989 with deemed planning permission under the Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1997, allowing the site to fully utilise the 75MW connection, and equivalent to generating enough electricity to power over 41,000 homes.
Mid Hill wind farm is located mainly on forestry land in Fetteresso Forest, Nr Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire, and was consented in 2008 by Scottish Ministers. Construction of the 25 wind turbine generators is expected to begin late 2011 with turbine tenders being issued last week. If consented in time the extension, Mid Hill 2 wind farm, is planned to be constructed as alongside Mid Hill 1.
FOR have appointed renewable energy consultancy Natural Power with planning, EIA and construction project management contracts on both sites with ground investigation work commencing on Mid Hill imminently.
Nick Emery, Managing Director of Fred.Olsen Renewables commented: “We are very hopeful that this extension to Mid Hill wind farm will be accepted by consultees and Scottish Ministers, adding an additional nine turbines to fully utilise the planned capacity. Grid connection on Mid Hill will cover the additional capacity of the extension, and is planned for 2013 with utility Scottish & Southern Energy.”
FOR have also issued turbine tenders for Rothes II wind farm which will comprise 18 turbines and the site is expected to have an installed capacity of 40MW. Grid connection on this site is also planned for 2013. These projects, if all successfully consented will take Fred.Olsen Renewables portfolio in the UK to 430MW affirming the company’s position as the UK’s no.1 Independent Renewable Power Producer.
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Notes for Editors:
Fred.Olsen Renewables (FOR) has been developing and operating wind farms since the mid 1990’s showing real commitment to the Scottish and UK renewable energy generation market. Its operational portfolio comprises Rothes (51MW), Pauls Hill (64MW) and Crystal Rig (200MW) giving a generating capacity of 315MW. Consented onshore projects are Mid Hill (75MW), Windy Standard II (37.5MW) and Rothes II (40MW) with a large offshore project in Irish waters, Codling Bank (up to 1GW). FOR is a wholly owned subsidiary of Bonheur ASA and Ganger Rolf ASA, both listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange, with FOR being responsible for the development of renewable energy generation activities. See www.fredolsen-renewables.com for more information.

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i According to http://www.bwea.com/edu/calcs.html where total installed capacity is 75MW.

08 Aug 2012