Statkraft and Duke delighted with consent for Berry Burn Wind Farm

08.09.2009 08.00 | pressrelease

Catamount Energy Limited (CEL), a partnership between Statkraft and Duke Energy has received consent from the Scottish Government to build Berry Burn wind farm. The wind farm consists of 29 wind turbines with a maximum installed capacity of 78.3 megawatts and will be located on the slopes of Carn Kitty and Carn Ghiubhais, approximately 12 km south of Forres, in the Moray Council area.

The project has been developed by Force 9 Energy in partnership with Catamount Energy Limited (CEL), who will be the owner of Berry Burn Wind Farm. Norwegian Statkraft, Europe’s largest renewable energy generator and the American Duke Energy Corporation  each own half of CEL. The companies are working together on several additional wind power projects and have applied for consent for two other wind farms on the UK mainland. A third wind farm that was developed as part of the partnership, Blaengwen wind farm in Wales, is now fully owned by Statkraft and is currently under construction.

“This represents a significant milestone in our development team’s efforts to bring additional clean, renewable energy to Scotland,” says Bruce Peacock, vice president of wind energy for Duke Energy.

“We are extremely pleased with the Scottish Government’s decision,” says Managing Director Eivind Torblaa of Statkraft UK Ltd. “This is our second consent in Scotland and we are excited about the opportunities we see in the wind energy sector here, as we look forward to investing in many more renewable energy schemes in Scotland. The project is very promising and we are looking forward to starting the construction in due course.”

Notes to editors

  1. Duke Energy, one of the largest electric power companies in the United States, supplies and delivers electricity to approximately 4 million U.S. customers in its regulated jurisdictions. The company specializes in developing innovative and environmentally sound generation solutions using a variety of fuels, including wind and other renewable energy sources.
  2. Statkraft is Europe's largest renewable energy company. The Group develops and generates hydropower, wind power, gas power and district heating, and is a major player on the European power exchanges. Statkraft also develops marine energy, osmotic power solar power, and other innovative energy solutions. In 2008 Statkraft posted gross operating revenues of EUR 3.1 billion. The group employs 3,000 staff in more than 20 countries.
  3. Force 9 Energy was formed in 2002 in response to government policy that wished to see a larger proportion of the country's energy needs met from renewable sources. The management team has been involved in generation projects since 1991 and wind power specifically since 1996 and seeks to develop locally aware, environmentally responsive projects.

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