THE 48-turbine Fallago Rig wind farm has been a huge boost for the local economy say its owners with an estimated £6-7 million being spent through local suppliers, 230 people – including 15 locals – employed on site and injecting an estimated £110 million into the UK economy.
As it nears completion, EDF Energy Renewables are delighted with the progress one year on with it on target to be delivered safely, on time and on budget, despite many challenges.
The Fallago Rig wind farm in the Borders was consented by Scottish Ministers in November 2010. It is expected to enter into commercial operation in early 2013, when it will generate 144 MW of sustainable electricity. It is expected that electricity will be generated from the site next month.
Don Mackay, head of onshore construction for EDF Energy Renewables, told ‘The Berwickshire News’: “It has been a massive operation and our teams have overcome risks and difficulties in what has been a very hostile environment. Fallago Rig is our biggest development to date and has been a multi-contractor project, a decision which has paid dividends for us.
“There are some staggering statistics – we have laid 39 km of access roads, poured 19,000 cubic metres of concrete and put down 2,600 tonnes of steel reinforcement. At the peak of activity on site, there were up to 230 men working here at any one time, and all this has taken place safely.”
All of the components for the Vestas V90 turbines were delivered to Rosyth and then by road to site.
“It takes 4.5 hours to transport a turbine from Rosyth to Fallago Rig and we have completed 384 load moves without one incident. The project has a remarkable safety record and this is something we are very proud of,” added Mr Mackay.
R.J. McLeod was selected as the principal contractor and has co-ordinated a further five contractors on behalf of EDF Energy Renewables.
Mr Mackay said: “As well as the immense economic benefits for the area, the community will also benefit from a further £240,000 in community fund for every year the wind farm is operational.
“All the challenges have been worthwhile. There is a sense of pride, as we near completion, that the team has delivered a renewable energy project on this scale safely, on time and on budget, with minimal impact on the local environment.
“When operation ceases here, the site will be returned to its original state, having played its part in delivering low-carbon electricity for more than 80,000 homes in Scotland.”