|Location||Between Lybster and Watten, Caithness|
|Project scope||25 turbines|
|Turbine height||Up to 80m to hub, 120m to tip|
All turbines are now fully constructed, and we are working to get them connected to the grid network.
We plan to begin the transport of wind turbine components to Camster Wind Farm from 4 October 2012 and continue until around 21 December 2012. No diversions or roadworks will be necessary and access for emergency vehicles will be maintained at all times. Abnormal load vehicles carrying the blades will be escorted by the police. All non-abnormal loads will be self escorted and run during daylight hours, avoiding peak school-run times. The proposed route is: leave the harbour north quay, heading west along Martha Terrace onto River Street. Cross the roundabout onto Station Road which leads onto Bankhead. Right turn onto the A882, Thurso Road where loads travel west bound to a left turn onto the site access.
If you have any questions, please contact Lauren 0800 096 1199.
Following our public meeting on 4th April, please find below a link to the comment sheet for our application for an extension to the turbine tip height. Please send all comments to the address on the form before 11th May. Any comments made on these sheets, and at the event are not official representations to the Planning Authority. There will be an opportunity once our application is submitted, to make representations.
We will be holding a public meeting on 4th April at Watten Hall, Watten, at 6.30pm to consult with the public to consult with local residents regarding an application for a change to the turbine tip height at Camster Wind Farm.
We've begun further work on site with our principal contractor Morrison Construction Ltd to prepare for the next stage of construction. This will include building a temporary construction compound, wind turbine foundations, a permanent met mast and more site access tracks. We hope to be fully operational by mid 2013.
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Since receiving consent to build Camster Wind Farm, we've been working closely with the Highland Council and statutory stakeholders to ensure we comply with and discharge the planning conditions.
Forestry felling to enable detailed ground investigation works commenced November 2010 and preparations for site access have been completed that include the installation of three new bridges spanning water courses and the upgrade of existing and new construction of 7km of tracks.
The import of aggregates has been kept minimal due to extracting aggregates from an existing on site borrow pit. Approximately 35,000 tonnes of aggregate has been won on site thus reducing the impact of traffic on the local roads.
Local contracts awarded
The principle contractor for the works completed were given to Morrison Construction based in Inverness, forestry removal to Scottish Woodland, aggregates supplied from a local quarry in Caithness operated by John Gunn & Sons and wherever possible local sub-contractors have been used for the smaller packages of work. The main wind farm construction works have not yet been awarded to a principle contractor but this is anticipated to be awarded around August 2011.
The project is expected to be ready for construction from September 2011. The first of the 25 turbines should arrive on site September 2012 with all turbines installed by spring 2013.
The grid connection date is set for October 2012, this will allow the turbines being installed to be energised via an imported electrical supply and allow the turbines to commence the commissioning process.
Community liaision group set up
We held our first Camster Liaison Group meeting on Wednesday 9 June 2010. The group was set up to provide open and clear communication between local residents and the development team of Camster wind farm. The group included local councillor David Flear and representatives of Watten; Tannach and District; and Latheron, Lybster and Clyth Community Councils
Dean Guy, E.ON project developer, said: "This was the first of an ongoing series of meetings which will take place during the construction of the wind farm. These meetings will make sure the local community is kept up-to-date with the project and allow us to discuss any concerns."
Jim MacDonald, chairman of Watten Community Council, was chosen to chair the Liaison Group. Mr MacDonald said: "This was a constructive, informative meeting and we look forward to working with E.ON throughout construction."
Planning consent given
We received planning consent for Camster on 13 January 2009 from the Highland Council after a four year planning process.
In February 2008 we submitted a new access route proposal for the Camster wind farm project. Plans were displayed at two public exhibitions on 5 March and 6 March 2008.
The newsletter below gives more details about the project.
The proposed development lies outside any areas designated by statutory bodies for their ecological, geological or landscape value. The turbine layout has been designed to minimise potential visual impact while remaining technically feasible and capable of satisfying constraints from various interests.
A planning application and associated Environmental Statement was submitted to the Highland Council in December 2004.
The Camster wind farm would:
- Provide electricity equivalent to about 35,000 homes *
- Save more than 71,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide per year**
- Contribute to Scottish Government Renewable Energy Targets (31% by 2011, 50% by 2020).
- Provide a community benefit fund over the lifetime of the project.
- Aid the local and regional economy through construction contracts and further operations and maintenance work for local contractors.
* UK average annual consumption 4,725 KWh per home
**Carbon dioxide figure based on 430g CO2/kWh for UK 'energy mix'