Fallago rig turbines could be turning for longer than 25 years

Wind turbines
Wind turbines

Fallago Rig wind farm operators, EDF Energy Renewables, are not only looking to add 17 extra turbines at the wind farm but are also asking for Government consent to extend the life of the existing turbines.

Scottish Borders Council received notification last week that a scoping report has been submitted to Scottish Ministers relating to two separate applications.

“One application will be to vary the operation time limits for the operation of the existing Fallago Rig wind farm and the second application will relate to an extension to the Fallago Rig wind farm (Fallago Rig 2) comprising additional turbines,” said the correspondence from the Scottish Government.

The council is being asked for its views on the plans.

It took North British Windpower six years and two public inquiries to finally gain consent for the 48 turbine wind farm which finally gained approval in November 2010. Fallago Rig was sold to EDF Energy Renewables before it became operational in 2013 and is subject to Section 36 of the Electricity Act 1989, which allows the existing turbines to operate for 25 years before being decommissioned,