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First turbine foundation completed on Pennines wind farm

Contractor Galliford Try has this week completed the first of twelve wind turbine foundations on an onshore wind farm in the West Pennines Moors near Blackburn.

Galliford Try has constructed a 20m by 20m gravity base foundation at the Hyndburn wind farm ready for the installation of a 2.5MW wind turbine in the summer.

Hyndburn wind farm foundations consist of a mix gravity base and pile foundations on peat or glacial till ground conditions. On each foundation will sit a 2.5MW wind turbine capacity capable of generating up to 72.2M kWh of electricity per year.

Construction of the foundations and associated access works is due for completion in May, with the towers and turbines being installed by client RE Power over the summer.        

RE Power intends to generate power in the £25M wind farm from September.

Readers' comments (5)

  • Annual capacity seesm a touch optimistic with the turbine constantly operating at roughly 3 times its peak capacity. Still we must keep the ROC's rolling in and mustn't mention the word subsidies.

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  • Just calculated the annual capacity and it appears that the turbine would have to work about 1200 days a year at it's peak capacity to produce that much electricity. Truly amazing technology!!!

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  • Barry Walton

    Ah!, the devil is in the detail or, as it were, the gremlin is in the grammar ("the towers and turbines"). There will be 12 machines as detailed in as any good Googler might know.

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  • Read the article, 'on each foundation ...a 2.5MW ..72.2M kWh per year'

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    The wind farm could generate electricity to meet the needs of 52% of the households in Hyndburn if it performs in line with the national average for wind speed. The estimates relating to power output are based on the estimated output of 12 turbines with a rated capacity of 2.5MW each (30 MW wind farm) with a capacity factor of 27.5% (the 2007 UK average - Table 7.4 of Digest of UK Energy Statistics 2008 - Published 31st July 2008) and an average household electricity consumption of 4,212 kWh

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