Comment posted on Scottish Power Renewables announces another delay for proposed Tiree Array by Karl Hughes
NTA Find this mighty interesting…It seems that SPR’s consultation with the community of Mull is far more in-depth than the sham consultaions with the community of Tiree:
Presentation: Tiree Array/Interconnector route
SW welcomed Rick Campbell of Scottish Power Renewables (SPR), part of Iberdrola. Mr Campbell advised that SPR had signed a lease agreement with the Crown Estate for the Argyll Array wind farm off Tiree with a capacity of 1,800MW. The site area is 361 km2 with distances from Tiree between 5 – 25.8 kms. The number of turbines was undecided as it would depend on the size of turbine used; if 6MW ones were employed, a maximum of 300 would be needed. Connection to the National Grid at Dalmally had been signed for 1,000MW; all cabling would be underground. Various ongoing survey works were entrain with the tendering process currently underway for geophysical and benthic surveys.
Mr Campbell pointed out that, due to concerns about Great Northern Divers and basking sharks and further information being required about their numbers, the timing for the planning application had been delayed as survey seasons would be missed. It was likely that the draft proposal would be ready early in 2014 with a final version later that year.( NTA: more issues likely to cause delay will be issued at a later date by NTA)
Mr Campbell advised that around 1000 jobs would be created during the construction period and around 200 during the project’s lifetime. ( NTA: again no quantification as to if these jobs would be local)The turbine life is 25 years but they could be replaced.(Karl: repowered) Continuing, Mr Campbell gave a brief overview of the policies and targets of the Scottish Government with regard to renewables and advised that, under the present regime A&BC is the decision making body( Karl: this is totally un-true and misleading in the extreme and will be passed on to NTA’s legal support); this might change to Marine Scotland in the future with A&BC as statutory consultee. He further advised that SPR were not allowed to own both the generation asset (the wind farm) and the transmission asset (cables and converter stations), so SPR would develop, consent and construction the transmission works and this would then be transferred through an Of gem-led tender process. SPR would be using DC technology, resulting in less transmission losses, fewer circuits being required, removing the need for additional overhead lines and minimising the footprint of the buried cables and impact on local communities.
Mr Campbell advised that they had looked at three routes across Mull and one round the southern part of the island. Of these, the northern route was both environmentally and technologically very unpopular. The Glen More route involved following the route of the old road and this meant losing 12.5kms of road which was impractical. The Loch na Keal route would cross the island to Salen and then follow the road down to a point in the Craignure area (location not known yet). Using a sea route round the south of Mull would be more expensive but the cable would be more secure –the geophysical survey would determine the amount of sediment to allow the cable to be buried. Once across on the mainland, the route would follow the A85 to the converter station at Dalmally. It was thought the converter station at the Tiree end would be offshore.
Karl: Obviously, there could be some pretty major implications to the people of Mull if the Array goes ahead…
Karl Hughes also commented
- Thanks Tim…I like concise information and this hits the nail on the head. Yes Tilley is generating cash for the island and projects on the island…
Nutshell: I take it what you mean is that you would prefer the contractual arrangement between the owners of Tilley and local consumers to be direct, rather than going through an electricity supply company.
Correct this is what I would have liked to see…
the bit about “but it would have to compete with the other suppliers in the market presumably”. gets up my nose as this is the point at which the venture moves over into the realms of cash generation for middle men.
As you can probably gather…economics are not my strong point…hopefully the environment and people is..
- Hi, these are my personal views….I am sorry if you get negative or indeed harsh retort regarding your views on Tilley…I get fair few myself because of my views on the Tiree Array. Always feel free to say high when I am home… we can chat.
I support community renewables for one reason…and I hope at sometime legislation and finance will allow this to happen in regards to Tilley. That the initial electricity generated is not sold into the grid and that the energy is consumed locally.
Surplus energy is a different matter and this could feasibly over a short distance (Coll?) be exported this is unfortunatelly not the case on Tiree “at the moment”
Eigg is a better example of an independent system.
I do not agree with multi-national companies developing huge windfarms for cash revenue…this is not a noble quest to reduce CO2 output…this is the generation of cash for shareholders…look at Iberdrolas profit margins…it is immoral and pushes people into fuel poverty..
I would rather Tilley had never arrived on Tiree for a use other than local generation….and I wish Tiree would make true use of a good thing for “all” the folk who live on our isle…maybe this will happen sometime ? what happened when the export cable was down for “X” amount of months ?
Tilley kept turning and generating “0″…insurance was paid…who covers that insurance ?…the electricity should have been used on the Island.
- Or on that basis 150 000 000 GBP to decommission Argyll aka Tiree array (@1Gw) ?
150000 x 1000 ? am I wrong ?
- WATCH THIS SPACE there is a storm coming.
- Square peg round hole springs to mind !
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This is an article on re- processing…not generation ! FYI the Argyll Array estimated cost is 7.6 billion….thats before a milli amp is generated.
And there is Gas plus Englands own wind industrialisation…drive
The fact remains why would the rUK buy from Scotland when they can get it cheaper from across the Channel or their home market….we don’t even have the grid to export…who will pay for that…England, naw…dont think so.
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When the oil goes…for whatever reason…Salmond thinks we can export electricity to the UK and EU from our swaths of turbines….why would anyone pay for this when they have secure energy in nuke.
The SNP are digging a large black hole that will be populated by quangos and empty promises, and capped by handouts and begging letters….LMAO
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MR RUSSEL ,
Seems to me that the you have not made any point at all…simply squirmed your way into the political vacous speel that you and your ilk always revert to…Simply correct anything you see as subjective….Politics and politicians … your self included seem to have forgot you work for us…the folks who pay your wages…so earn your coffers and put some meat on the NEWSIE post……
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Suggest MM reads the following before he blows a gasket.
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