What is proposed?
Peel NRE’s proposed wind farm at Beaw Field was granted consent by Scottish ministers under Section 36 of the Electricity Act 1989 on 30th November 2017. Since then, we have been working on readying the site for commercialisation, construction, and operation.
The planning consent is subject to conditions, including:
- That development is commenced no later than five years from the date of the consent (i.e., 30 November 2022) and;
- The wind farm has an operational lifetime of 25 years.
Under section 36C of the Electricity Act 1989 (as amended), we have now applied to the Scottish Ministers to vary the scheme to extend the implementation date and the operational life of the wind farm from 25 years to up to 40 years. No other elements of the design have changed.
The primary reasons for seeking the extension are twofold:
- Grid Connection – Shetland is not currently linked to the UK electricity transmission network. Ofgem published its decision to allow construction of a subsea high voltage direct current (HVDC) interconnector between Shetland and Mainland Scotland in July 2020 and construction commenced later that year. Once complete, this cable will permit the exportation of electricity generated through renewable energy projects (including Beaw Field Wind Farm) to the UK transmission network. While construction work is progressing well, the Shetland interconnector is not due to be energised until 2024; and
- Route to Market – Prior to formal confirmation of the Shetland interconnector project, Peel could not guarantee a route to market for electricity generated. This summer, Peel had the first opportunity to enter a CfD auction following approval of the Shetland HVDC interconnector. Given the timescales involved for this key route to market, a longer period is therefore required for commencement of development.
The application documents can be accessed via the ECU website (see Quick Links) using reference ECU00004520, or from the documents list.
Interested parties can also contact Peel via Joe Chambers on email@example.com