May 7th 2015. We have made an application today to the Scottish Ministers under Section 36C of the Electricity Act 1989 (“the variation application”) to vary the Section 36 consent to construct and operate a 36 wind farm electricity generating station, with a output of 129.6MW, 1.5km west of Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis, Central Grid Reference NGR E 137149 N 933373, which was previously consented on 7th September 2012 by the Scottish Ministers. The variation application is accompanied by an Environmental Statement which you can access below this announcement and also on the Project Information page under “Project Documents”.
We have also proposed that the Scottish Ministers give a direction under Section 57 of the Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1997.
The variation application seeks to make the following variations to the Section 36 consent:
- Movement of 17 turbines by up to 50m, and 8 turbines by between 50m and 147m, to avoid areas of deep or wet peat;
- Extensively modifying access tracks to avoid areas of wet peat and a new crossing over the River Creed;
- Minor revisions to the red line boundary recorded in the Section 36 consent along Access Road A to avoid an area of deep peat and to reroute the track around the proposed salt barn;
- Increase the maximum tip height of the wind turbines to 145m, an increase of 1.5m. This increase in the maximum potential tip height will expand the choice of manufacturers and models that we can choose from during the detailed design phase; and
- Depending on the turbine model selected, the rotor diameter will be between 107m (as per the consented development) and 128m. The capacity of the wind farm may increase up to 180MW, depending on the model.
For more information see the following documents:
If you would like to look at the maps and appendices referred to in the new Environmental Statement, these can be found on the Project Information page, under “Project Documents”.