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SCOTLAND SUCCESS AND UK FAILURE, National Wind Power

Danish wind turbine manufacturer Nordtank has won a contract for delivery of a 20 MW turnkey wind farm in Scotland. The 36, 600 kW machines will make up Scotland's second wind farm. The project -- known as Windy Standard -- is a joint development between National Wind Power and Fred Olsen Ltd, a UK shipping line.

The 20 MW wind farm is to be located on hill tops above the Carsphairn forest in Dumfries and Galloway in south west Scotland. It comprises two sites of 18 turbines -- Gallow Rig and Polwhat Rig. Each has a power purchase contract awarded under Scotland's first Renewables Order (SRO-1).

Planning consent for Windy Standard was granted in mid March after the Secretary of State for Scotland eventually gave his approval. Construction is underway and expected to be completed in November. Once built it is to be owned by Fred Olsen and National Power -- National Wind Power's parent. Nordtank has sole responsibility for the project's infrastructure, include access roads and electrical installations and has entered into a five year agreement for service and maintenance of the power plant. National Wind Power claims that about £5 million will be spent locally as a result of the wind farm's construction and, when operational, it will contribute some £100,000 annually to the local economy through rates, maintenance and staff.

In England National Wind Power suffered a setback when its application for 16 wind turbines at Gunson Height in Cumbria was rejected by South Lakeland District Council. The project would have extended NWP's existing Kirkby Moor wind farm. "We were very disappointed, especially since we had a lot of support from the local population," says the company's Kristina Freris. She points out that questionnaires completed during a local exhibition of NWP's plans showed a majority in favour of the project. Moreover public attitude surveys conducted since Kirkby Moor began operating demonstrate 82% local support for the existing wind farm, she says.

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