Leading renewable energy consultancy and service provider, Natural Power, has commenced work at Red Rock Power’s Benbrack onshore wind farm in Dumfries and Galloway. First generation is anticipated in Spring 2024, with full commercial operation of the 15-turbine, 67MW capacity project expected later that summer.
Benbrack is the first construction project under Red Rock Power’s management, marking a momentous step forward for the business as it continues to grow its wind portfolio and cement its position in the Scottish industry.
As owners engineer for Benbrack Wind Farm Limited, Natural Power will provide project management and quality assurance support during the construction phase of development. As an independent representative of the owner, the team will provide services such as balance of plant and TSA contract management, project execution support, interface management and health and safety and environmental compliance.
Ralph Spernagel, Construction Director at Natural Power said: “comments about local significance of this project and how we’re supporting Red Rock to deliver…”
The development has also finalised contracts with Jones Bros for the balance of plant elements of the wind farm following an initial preferred supplier agreement, and Vestas, the wind farm’s turbine contractor, is expected to start mobilising to site in early 2024.
Jamie Grant, Benbrack’s Project Director, said: “We’ve been driving towards the start of construction since we acquired Benbrack early last year, so we’re excited to get started and be a step closer to generating clean energy. We’ll be working closely with our key contractors and the local supply chain to deliver the wind farm quickly and with minimum disruption to the local area.”
Guy Madgwick, Red Rock Power’s CEO, added: “As the first wind farm under Red Rock Power’s management to move into construction, Benbrack signifies our continued commitment to the Scottish market and the expansion of our wind business. Onshore wind remains central to our long-term vision – we look forward to seeing Benbrack come to fruition while we consider future opportunities.”