Our Business

Fred. Olsen Renewables is a leading developer, owner and operator of renewable energy assets, primarily onshore wind farms.

We operate in all parts of the energy value chain, from sourcing windfarm acreage to sale of electricity in the global market, developing renewable energy production in UK, Germany, France and Scandinavia. We manage all phases from concept development to detailed design, construction, commissioning and operations. 

The company’s first large scale wind farm, Crystal Rig, commenced operation in 2003. Since then, six additional wind farms have been constructed in Scotland, one in Norway and one in Sweden, which brings FOR's total installed capacity up to 595.5 MW.

Background

Wind farms are carefully planned at every stage of their life. In this part of our web site you can find out more about the activities that are involved in the development of every wind farm, how we construct them, what we do to make sure they stay operational and efficient and the importance of improving the local ecology around our wind farm projects.

Development

FORAS is involved in all phases in the development of a wind project— wildlife and environmental assessments, meteorological prospecting, permitting and forging agreements with communities and individual landowners.

Development 

  • Landowner Agreements
  • Wind Farm Design & Development
  • Grid Connection Agreement
  • Power Purchase Agreement (PPA)
  • Metering Agreement

Management

  • Health, Safety and Environment (HSE)
  • Project Management
  • Contracts and Procurement
  • Project Control
  • Construction Supervision

Commercial and Legal

  • Project Financing
  • Legal
  • Project Insurance

Land

We typically enter into long term lease agreements with property owners. Property owners who lease their land for wind farms enjoy a steady income and the surrounding communities benefit from a larger tax base, which supports schools and local services.

Wind

Wind speed and consistency determine whether a site can produce sufficient power. Together with our partner in development Natural Power Consultants we are equipped with a skilled meteorology team that through the use of the latest in wind measurement and modeling technology create accurate and reliable wind resource assessments.

Environmental Assessment

Livestock ignore wind turbines and continue to graze as they did before wind turbines were installed.

Compared to the environmental impact of traditional energy sources, the environmental impact of wind power is relatively minor. Wind power consumes no fuel, and emits no air pollution, unlike fossil fuel power sources. The energy consumed to manufacture and transport the materials used to build a wind power plant is equal to the new energy produced by the plant within a few months. 

FORAS performs environmental impact studies to evaluate the impacts on animals, plants, and waterways to determine if a site is suitable. We select and design wind farms to minimize potential impacts and aim to ensure that our wind energy is environmentally friendly.

Permitting 

FORAS works with local, state, and federal government agencies to obtain the required permits for each project to make sure we comply with all requirements and regulations.

Construction

Construction

After the wind farm is permitted, access to the grid is secured and all other cost elements have been carefully considered the construction work can start. FORAS  has in-house expertise with a long track record of manage project construction. Construction activities include roadworks, underground cabling, foundation construction, and turbine installation.

 

Operations & Maintenance

Maintenance of a wind turbine requires the ongoing services of a team of technicians. The technicians are trained to perform both routine maintenance, day-to-day troubleshooting and more major repairs as required.

Each of the turbines has multiple sensors. The turbines have a permanent data connection that goes to a data gathering and monitoring centre which enables the  technicians or engineers monitor the turbine twenty-four hours, seven days a week".

In the event of a performance disruption, our service team either make adjustments from the control room or, if necessary, we dispatch technicians to site with precise support instructions.

Ecology

At Fred. Olsen Renewables we take our environmental responsibilities just as seriously as we do generating electricity. Landscape restoration is a vital part of our work and we have teams of ecologists and other specialists working to ensure the area is looked after well.

The environment around the wind farm.

Our wind farm sites in Scotland are typical of the environments that are suited to wind energy production across Europe. Many of our wind farms are located on upland moorland or forestry areas and the ecologists visit site on a regular basis to take detailed measurements of the water quality in the many burns (streams) that have been restored as part of the wind farm development.

Prior to the existence of the wind farms, many of the water courses had become blocked or silted up over many years and the environmental work carried out by our team has meant many types of plant and animal life have returned to the moorlands. The work is carefully planned with The Upland Moorland Committee locally in Scotland and working with the RSPB, regular bird surveys are carried out.

In recent years the results have been encouraging and at Rothes Wind Farm for example, a breeding pair of hen harriers have returned to the moor following the work by the team. Ground nesting birds are now protected by the work the ecologists do in controlling vermin (which aren’t native to the moors), this in turn provides a stable food chain for hunting raptors such as the hen harriers.