Towers bound for Scotland’s largest offshore wind farm

The tower sections from the air on Campbeltown's new quay. Photographed by licensed drone pilot Raymond Hosie.

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Half a dozen Machrihanish manufactured offshore wind turbine tower sections will leave from Campbeltown harbour this week.

After a two-day voyage, the six-metre diameter steel tower sections will form part of the SSE-led Beatrice wind farm development off the Caithness coast, the largest private investment in Scotland.

The two complete towers shipped out this week are the first of a batch of six to be delivered during November, completing the order for 12 towers from CS Wind UK’s purpose-built manufacturing facility.

They will be assembled at Nigg before being installed 13km offshore.

Lesley Black, UK sales team leader at CS Wind UK said: ‘As a large Kintyre employer, these orders help reinforce vital job security to more than 100 employees, together with the local supply chain.

‘Recent investment allowing fabrication of larger diameter offshore towers has enhanced our productivity and ability to meet the demand.’

The development and construction of Beatrice is being led by SSE, which will also operate the 84-turbine offshore wind farm once it is completed in spring 2019.

SSE is also seeking consent to repower Tangy wind farm located north of Machrihanish.

The project, known as Tangy IV, has stated an intention to procure the new turbine tower sections from CS Wind Ltd who have previously supplied towers for more than a dozen SSE wind farms.

Jon Soal, SSE’s Tangy project manager, said: ‘Tangy has been an exceptional site for SSE.

‘The support we have received from the community over the past 15 years has been fantastic and is hugely appreciated by the project team.

‘If consented, we hope that Tangy IV builds on the success of the original site and brings benefits to the businesses and communities, both during construction and throughout its lifetime.’