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SSE Renewables battles freezing temperatures to install first turbine at Gordonbush Extension

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The first completed turbine - Turbine 44 - at Gordonbush Extension Wind Farm.

SSE Renewables has installed the first completed turbine at its Gordonbush Extension in the Highlands.

Workers battled heavy snow and freezing temperatures to reach the “key milestone” in the project’s development.

The Siemens Gamesa turbine is the first of 11 that will be erected as part of the Gordonbush Extension, around 6 miles west of Brora in Sutherland.

It will generate 38 megawatts of green electricity once fully operational in mid-2021.

Gordonbush Extension is the first to be built by SSE Renewables on a merchant basis, which means no subsidies were used to assist with its funding.

It builds on the current Gordonbush wind farm, which has been generating renewable energy since 2012.

Derek Hastings, Head of Onshore Projects for SSE Renewables, said: “The team on site at Gordonbush Extension have done a tremendous job in trying circumstances.

“This is an important milestone in the build of our first subsidy free windfarm project and it has been a real team effort involving our SSE Renewables staff, contractors on site and Police Scotland, who have overseen the transport of large items to the location.

“All have been working safely and flexibly, dealing with COVID requirements, freezing conditions and using weather windows to best advantage.”

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