Crystal Rig Wind Farm

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Crystal Rig Wind Farm
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Crystal Rig wind farm in the Lammermuir Hills.
Crystal Rig Wind Farm is located in Scotland
Crystal Rig Wind Farm
Location of Crystal Rig Wind Farm in UK Scotland
Country Scotland, United Kingdom
Location near Dunbar, Scottish Borders
Coordinates 55°54′00″N 02°33′00″W / 55.90000°N 2.55000°W / 55.90000; -2.55000Coordinates: 55°54′00″N 02°33′00″W / 55.90000°N 2.55000°W / 55.90000; -2.55000
Status Operational
Commission date 2004
Owner(s) Fred. Olsen
Power generation
Units operational 85
Nameplate capacity 200.5 MW

Crystal Rig Wind Farm is an operational onshore wind farm located on the Lammermuir Hills in the Scottish Borders region of Scotland. When it was completed in May 2004 it was the largest wind farm in Scotland. As a result of 3 extensions it is currently the 2nd largest wind farm in the UK, both in terms of nameplate capacity and number of turbines.

The wind farm was developed and is owned by Fred. Olsen Renewables Ltd. part of the Fred. Olsen Group.

The farm has been built in 4 stages:-

Crystal Rig: Completed in May 2004 it consists of 20 Nordex N80 turbines producing a maximum of 50 MW.

Crystal Rig 1a: An extension completed in May 2007 adding a further 5 similar turbines to increase the maximum to 62.5 MW.

Crystal Rig 2 & 2a: Both completed in September 2010[1] they consist of 60 Siemens SWT-2.3 turbines in total capable of producing 138 MW.

The whole site therefore has 85 turbines and a nameplate capacity of 200.5 MW.

Crystal Rig 1 and 1a are connected to the National Grid at the Dunbar substation 10 km to the north.[2] A dedicated substation has been built on site for the connection of Crystal Rig 2 and 2a.

A third phase has also been assessed for potential development.[3] This would extend the farm to the north of Crystal Rig 2a. It could consist of between 9 and 18 turbines and make use of the spare capacity in the grid connection.[4]


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