Robin Rigg Wind Farm

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Robin Rigg Offshore Wind Farm
Robin Rigg Wind Farm.jpg
LocationSolway Firth, midway between the Galloway and Cumbrian coasts
Coordinates54°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
Commission dateApril 2010
Wind farm
Power generation
Units operational58 X 3 MW
Make and modelVestas: V90-3MW
Units decommissioned2 X 3 MW
Nameplate capacity174 MW
External links
CommonsRelated media on Commons

Robin Rigg Wind Farm, Scotland's first offshore wind farm, was 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 wind farm was completed on 20 April 2010.


60 Vestas V90-3MW wind turbines were 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.[3] Two units were subsequently decommissioned in 2015 due to failures during installation.[4] The 174 MW development provides enough electricity for around 117,000 households.[5]

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 wind farm was available to operate for over 98% of the time. Its levelised cost has been estimated at £135/MWh.[6]

In March 2011 Robin Rigg became the first offshore wind farm 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.

April 2017

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  1. ^ "BBC NEWS - UK - Scotland - South of Scotland - Offshore turbines start turning". Archived from the original on 20 February 2022. Retrieved 9 September 2009.
  2. ^ OWE, Ger de Groot. "". Archived from the original on 11 February 2012.
  3. ^ "Phase II - Construction" (PDF). e-on UK. Archived (PDF) from the original on 14 October 2017. Retrieved 20 February 2022.
  4. ^ "MPI ADVENTURE Decommissioning Robin Rigg Turbines". 4C Offshore. 9 October 2015. Archived from the original on 5 October 2016. Retrieved 27 October 2015.
  5. ^ "Robin Rigg Offshore Wind Farm Project" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 16 October 2007.
  6. ^ Aldersey-Williams, John; Broadbent, Ian; Strachan, Peter (2019). "Better estimates of LCOE from audited accounts – A new methodology with examples from United Kingdom offshore wind and CCGT". Energy Policy. 128: 25–35. doi:10.1016/j.enpol.2018.12.044. hdl:10059/3298.

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