(Cardiff, 14 March 2008) Today Statkraft and Catamount Energy Corporation announced that Siemens Wind Power has been selected to provide turbines for the Blaengwen Wind Farm in Wales
The project is a partnership of a Catamount affiliate and Statkraft and will be the first of the partners’ four wind power projects in the UK to be completed.
Blaengwen Wind Farm is planned for a range of hills near Pencader north of the town of Carmarthen in South Wales. The wind farm will consist of 10 wind turbines from Siemens and will have a total installed capacity of 23 MW.
Commercial operations in 2009
Turbine deliveries will start in the summer of 2009 and the wind farm will enter into commercial operations by autumn 2009. The plans for the wind farm were approved by Carmarthenshire County Councillors in March 2007.
The project has been developed by Force 9 Energy in partnership with Catamount Cymru Cyf (CCC), who will be the owners of Blaengwen Wind Farm. Norwegian Statkraft and the American Catamount Energy Corporation each own half of CCC. The companies are working together on a number of wind power projects and have also applied for consent for a further three wind farms on the UK mainland.
“This is a significant milestone in our development team’s efforts to bring additional renewable energy to Wales”, says Managing Director Bruce Peacock of Catamount.
“Statkraft aims to be a leader within wind power onshore as well as offshore in Northwest Europe and there are two fundamental reasons for us to invest heavily in the UK. There are good wind conditions here and also the best financial incentive schemes in Northern Europe today,” says Managing Director Eivind Torblaa of Statkraft UK Ltd.