NOWTTF Hunterston-planned maintenance
To make you aware, SSE has contacted me to advise that they will be
conducting planned maintenance on the turbines, either Thursday or Friday.The details of the work are provided in the email below. The operator is able to carry out this maintenance within the scope of their consent. This maintenance would not result in a breach of planning control. I would be grateful if you could share this with other interested parties.
If you need to discuss, please give me a call.
Senior Development Management Officer
North Ayrshire Council
DD: 01294 324379
Ross, for your information and in case you get any contact from the local
residents we are planning to carry out scheduled maintenance at Hunterston tomorrow or possibly Friday, this will involve letting the blades spin without generating (idling) for around 2 hours as described in our letter and is to protect the structural integrity of the machines over winter.
I have included a summary of the maintenance schedule below.
Date: 14th of December ,Thursday
Maintenance time period allowance: 12:00 -16:00
Maintenance length around 2 hours of the above range
1) Warming up for pitch system by rotating
Blade- about 1 hours
2) Maintenance verification by rotating
Blade- about 30 minutes to 1 hours
Alternative date: 15th of December, Friday (Due to potentially high wind
If you have any queries regarding this please don’t hesitate to contact me.
T: +44 (0)7540 318 955
External: 01738 457315 Internal: 67315
Inveralmond House, 200 Dunkeld Road, Perth, PH1 3AQ
SSE Hunterston Wind turbine Test Facility
Liaison Group Meeting: 08/11/2016 Summary
Attended by Rita Holmes and Karla Tully on behalf of FCC. Millport and Largs CC’s also attended.
SSE stated that the Hunterston site presents a unique location in UK which enables off shore wind turbines to be safely tested on shore due to weather conditions and accessibility.
Site has 3 ‘berths’: 2 utilised; third held by Scottish Enterprise but unlikely to be occupied in this planning period.
Siemens Turbine (D6)
- Current planning permission until October 2017, SSE asking for 2 year extension.
- Porto-type built on site 2014, coming to end of testing with a 6 mega watt output.
- Successfully secured orders for 300 to 350 in UK waters at Moray Firth and Galloper (East Anglia). Meets International Electrical Technical (IET) standards.
- Gear-less motor to extend life and minimise maintenance requirements.
- SSE want to extend site to enable Siemens to train engineers safely.
- Recognise that Training Centre should benefit local community with small number of jobs, education opportunities and facilities.
- SeaAngel™ turbine – featuring unique hydraulic technology developed in Scotland – 7MW output.
- Only operating intermittently. In early test phase
- Local Glasgow firm developing ‘met’ mast measuring systems using lasers transmitted upwards.
- Proposal to use site to test laser technology.
- No impact on safety known.
- Details to follow.
S42 Planning Application
- December 2016: Application to extend current permission to October 2019.
- If successful, will then apply for major planning application to be defined.
- Local CC’s asked that use of each ‘berth’ always consulted upon in application.
SSE Presentation : Issues raised by members of the public at FCC on 5th December 2016.
- Scottish Government (SNP) Policy does not advocate windturbines as principle renewable energy source?
PA responded that funding is received from Scottish Government.
- SSE Social finding allocates £50K across three local communities; MOP suggested that app £800K per KW potentially, (£millions generated even though not fully commissioned?), and asked for a more representative contribution of permission granted. PA to look in to.
- Light pollution increased. PA stated turbines site does not produce light. Likely to be Hunterston Power Station and Peelport.
- Concerns that planning permission should still allow for review of change of use of any part of the site whilst operational , and that a generic or blanket permission is not granted.
- On request from TM (NAC), SSE committed to submit planning application after Christmas to allow all interested parties reasonable time to respond.
- MOP believes that permission only granted previously as NAC Chair was pro wind power and that locals were always concerned that the 5 years would always be manipulated. PA assured those present that the site was for testing and training only and application was not for a generation site.
- Environmental impact and health impacts of infra sound a real concern especially as these are the biggest turbines on land world wide; residents complaining of dizziness. SSE have commissioned a recent independent acoustic survey; results January 2017.
- Have SSE considered impact on marine life? Ask for an environmental impact assessment that looks at
whole area – land and sea.
- When will full noise survey be made as turbines are not at full capacity? Concerns that SSE are not really taking locals’ concerns seriously.
Relevant article :http://acousticstoday.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/How-Does-Wind-Turbine-Noise-Affect-People.pdf