Robin Rigg Wind Farm

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Robin Rigg Offshore Wind Farm
Robin Rigg Windfarm.jpg
Robin Rigg Wind Farm is located in Scotland
Robin Rigg Wind Farm
Location of Robin Rigg Wind Farm in Scotland
Country Scotland
Location Solway Firth, midway between the Galloway and Cumbrian coasts
Coordinates 54°45′N 3°43′W / 54.750°N 3.717°W / 54.750; -3.717Coordinates: 54°45′N 3°43′W / 54.750°N 3.717°W / 54.750; -3.717
Status Operational
Commission date April 2010
Owner(s) E.ON
Wind farm
Type Offshore
Power generation
Units operational 60 X 3 MW
Make and model Vestas
Nameplate capacity 180

Robin Rigg Wind Farm, Scotland's first offshore wind farm, has been constructed by E.ON at Robin Rigg in the Solway Firth, a sandbank midway between the Galloway and Cumbrian coasts. The windfarm first generated power for test purposes on 9 September 2009.[1] The windfarm was completed on 20th April 2010.

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60 Vestas V90-3MW wind turbines have been installed, with an offshore electrical substation.[2] Prysmian provided two 132 kV export cables each 12.5 km long to connect the wind farm to the on-shore substation. The 180 MW development provides enough electricity for about 117,000 households.[3]

The windfarm employs around 40 people, most of whom are local to the area. It is operated from the Port of Workington. Local suppliers are used whenever possible, providing services including vessel management, fabrication, environmental monitoring, catering, industrial cleaning, inspection services and printing.

In the first year of commercial operation the windfarm was available to operate for over 98% of the time.

In March 2011 Robin Rigg became the first offshore windfarm to enter the OFTO regime with the two offshore and onshore export cables and the onshore 132kV substation being bought by Transmission Capital and Amber Infrastructure.

Construction progress at Robin Rigg, looking towards Galloway, Scotland from near Whitehaven in Cumbria, England, February 2009.
The same view at the end of May 2009
The same view at the end of August 2009

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