Rights for Lochluichart Wind Farm transferred to Eneco
Eneco UK Ltd (Eneco) has today announced the successful transfer of the rights to develop a 51MW wind farm on the Lochluichart Estate in the Scottish Highlands from Infinergy, which has developed the project through to Section 36 consent.
This transaction means that Eneco will enter into a working partnership with the Lochluichart Estate to realise this important development through to commercial operation.
Marc van der Linden, Managing Director of Eneco Wind said: "This is a landmark deal for Eneco and Infinergy together with the Lochluichart Estate. It brings the Eneco commitment to the UK to a significant capacity together with Tullo (17MW) and the recent offshore award of the West of Wight Round 3 concession."
Hamish Leslie Melville, Owner of the Lochluichart Estate said: "I am delighted to see the wind farm take this important step towards completion and now look forward to working closely with Eneco to establish the project on the Estate. We have enjoyed working with Infinergy to realise the project to this stage of development and congratulate them on this successful transition.".
Esbjorn Wilmar, Managing Director of Infinergy said: "The Lochluichart project has taken many years of patient effort and we are proud to have delivered such a project to our new partners."
Eneco will now construct and operate the Lochluichart wind farm which was consented in 2008 by The Scottish Government. The project comprises 17 turbines with a nominal capacity of 51MW, which is equivalent to the supply of electricity for up to 28,000 households*. It is hoped that the wind farm will enter operation by 2013.
Eneco is the Dutch utility that has set itself apart as supplying sustainable power and services to its customers. The Company has a strong commitment to working with local communities. It is also one of the top three energy companies in the Netherlands and its shares are held by 60 Dutch municipalities.
The Lochluichart project has a commitment to fund local initiatives by sharing in the success of the wind farm through a community scheme run by the community, for the community. Eneco will wherever possible look to work with local businesses and contractors.
*These calculations take into account the intermittency of wind energy and are considered industry standard (source: BWEA).
About Infinergy Ltd: Infinergy is a wind farm development company, committed to the increase of renewable energy to help preserve our planet. Infinergy develops onshore wind farms throughout the UK. Infinergy is a full subsidiary of KDE Energy of the Netherlands, a renewable energy business developing onshore wind projects across Europe. For more information, please visit www.infinergy.co.uk and www.kde-energy.com.