Natural Power, a leading independent renewable energy and infrastructure consultancy, has won the contract to service turbines at Rothes Wind Farm and Paul’s Hill Wind Farm. It’s further indication of its ongoing success with Fred. Olsen Renewables (FOR). The sites, both in the South West of Elgin in the north of Scotland, will benefit from Natural Power’s expertise in wind farm maintenance.
Anders Falkfjell, Operations Manager at Fred.Olsen Renewables, said: “This move marks another step forward in our transition to independent service provision for our fleet, and I have high expectations of Natural Power as a partner in delivering improved performance and reduced service cost for our wind farms.”
Natural Power has developed a reputation for being the front line of defence as a provider capable of providing a Total Asset Management solution. Its expertise includes integrated consultancy, management and due diligence services, backed by an innovative product range, across the onshore wind, offshore wind, wave, tidal, renewable heat, solar pv and hydro sectors. Indeed, its Operations and Asset Management team has developed a unique approach to renewable energy operations and maintenance.
Thus, Natural Power brings together complementary maintenance services, that when delivered together can optimise renewable energy operations, assisting smooth, safe and effective service. With expert servicing and repair technicians, the company has knowledge and experience of a wide range of wind farms, turbine types and fault scenarios.
Euan Fenelon, Director of Operations and Asset Management at Natural Power, said: “Natural Power provided advice and on-site support throughout the development and construction phases at Rothes and Paul’s Hill, and we are delighted to be able to support FOR into the operational phase through the provision of independent servicing – providing a dynamic and transparent service that looks to maximise availability.”
Each Natural Power team has dedicated on-site personnel with a high degree of ownership of individual assets, working proactively to ensure the efficiency and longevity of clients’ wind farms. Added value is sought through integrated support from site management teams.
Adds Fenelon, “As an independent provider, we can offer a cost effective and flexible service provision through the wider sourcing of parts and consumables. We look forward to an open working relationship with Fred.Olsen Renewables to continually improve performance and optimise energy output at these sites, providing client access to all maintenance data.”
About the wind farms
Rothes Wind Farm
The construction of the project commenced in January 2004 and the wind farm started full operation in May 2005. The site is located close to the city of Elgin in the north east of Scotland. The wind farm consist of 22 turbines, each rated at 2.3 MW, providing a total installed capacity of 50.6 MW. The turbines are Siemens 2.3 MW CS. The wind farm is connected to the grid via underground cables to the SSE plc (Scottish & Southern Energy) substation in Moray. Rothes is able to provide electricity generation equivalent to the consumption of 27,000 homes on an annual average basis.
Paul’s Hill Wind Farm
Paul’s Hill Wind Farm consists of 28 turbines located southwest of Elgin. The project construction commenced in January 2004 and the wind farm started full operation in May 2006. The turbines are Siemens 2.3 MW CS and the site has a name plate capacity of 64.4 MW. The wind farm is connected to the grid via underground cables to the SSE plc (Scottish & Southern Energy) substation in Moray. Paul’s Hill is able to provide electricity generation equivalent to the consumption of 35,000 homes on an annual average basis.