Projects under development and construction
Find your frequently asked questions here
If you can't find your question here, please leave us your question in the form on the bottom of the page and we will get back to you as soon as we can.
About The Developer
Statkraft is at the heart of the UK's energy transition. Since 2006, Statkraft has gone from strength to strength in the UK, building experience across wind, solar, hydro, storage, grid stability and EV charging.
Statkraft is a global company in energy market operations, with approximately 5,700 employees in 21 countries.
Across our UK business we employ over 300 staff in England, Scotland and Wales and play a key role in helping the global business reach its goal of 9 GW of development wind and solar power by 2025.
Oliver Forest is the first development project for Statkraft within Scottish Borders Council Area. We currently are developing West Andershaw in the neighbouring council area of South Lanarkshire, and Appin in Dumfries and Galloway Council area.
In addition to developing these projects, we operate Andershaw in South Lanarkshire and Twentyshilling Hill, near Sanquhar and Wind Rig near Carsphairn in Dumfries and Galloway.
About Oliver Forest Wind Farm
Oliver Forest Wind Farm is located in the Scottish Borders north west of the A701 between Tweedsmuir and Glenbreck, approximately 12.5km south of Broughton and approximately 19 km north of Moffat.
To keep up to date throughout the project's development, please register for updates and feel free to Get in touch.
The current layout that we are submitting to Scoping is proposing up to 10 turbines.
We are proposing a turbine height of up to 250m to blade tip.
The size and locations of the turbines are not fixed yet, further studies and consultation over the development period will help confirm the final layout and the turbine height at each location.
Our proposed tip heights are similar in size to the consented Priestgill Wind Farm (variation) near Abington - approximately 10.5 km west of the site, 7 turbines with a height to blade tip between 180 m and 200 m and similar to the proposed 21 turbine Grayside Wind Farm, with tip heights of up to 200 m currently being considered. The closest proposed turbines of Greyside Wind Farm are approximately 2 km north-west of the site which extends to the north and north-east of the Clyde Extension Wind farm nearby.
The nearest operational wind farms to our proposal are Clyde Wind Farm and Extension, near Abington, with a total of 206 turbines with height to blade tip between 125 m and 142 m and Glenkerie Wind Farm, near Biggar, with 11 turbines with a maximum height to blade tip between 100 m and 118 m.
As we develop the wind farm we are mindful to develop a scheme that fits within the landscape and existing developments. As our plans develop, we will share how the proposal will look from agreed viewpoints.
Should the proposal be submitted to planning, the application will also seek consent for the necessary infrastructure and other requirements for the project. This will include, tracks, a substation, laydown areas, construction compounds, energy storage systems (if required), site entrance, met mast and other ancillary infrastructure.
Full details will be made available in the Environmental Impact Assessment Report which is submitted along with any Application for planning.
Statkraft are at the forefront of battery and grid stability projects, which are increasingly vital as the amount of renewable energy generation in the UK increases.
Statkraft are assessing the potential for storage at this site, which could be included in the wind farm planning application, or progressed via a separate application.
We area assessing a number of grid options to facilitate a grid connection for Oliver Forest, which is not yet determined. The grid connection would be the responsibility of ScottishPower Energy Networks (SPEN) and would be subject to a separate consenting process by them.
The project duration is likely to be up to 40 years. After this time, the wind farm will either be decommissioned, have its life extended or re-powered. A bond is put in place before construction starts and that bond is used to decommission the project at the end of its lifetime.
The Proposed Development is on a site of commercial forestry. Where additional felling is required to accommodate the wind farm, we will seek to minimise the loss of woodland area in accordance with the Scottish Government's Control of Woodland Removal Policy (Forestry Commission Scotland, 2009).
Consultation & Engagement
Following the Scoping Report being published on the Energy Consent Units website (live December 2022), we will write to local Community Councils, Elected Representatives shortly after and make the project website live, to help inform as many people as possible and gather feedback on the proposal.
We will offer to meet with the host and surrounding community councils to present the project and gather their views on the best way to engage with the community over the development period of the wind farm. Feedback from the community and consultees will help shape the design of the project.
During the Development phase of the project, we will host two Public Exhibitions to gather the local communities’ views. These will be held both in person and online. We will write to all households and businesses surrounding the project closer to the event date to ensure as many people know about them as possible. In the meantime, you can leave your views here:
The website will be kept up to date with the latest project information and news.
If interested, whether a local resident or a business, you can register for updates on the Get in touch page and we will contact you as we progress the plans. We follow all GDPR guidelines in relation to personal data and you can opt out at any time.
Following this scoping stage, we will evaluate all feedback and will use it to help refine our proposal.
We can still answer questions and receive feedback after the scoping period and where we can we will do our best to incorporate it. However, the closer the Development gets towards Public Exhibitions or planning submission it may mean that there isn't sufficient time to consider your comments before the plans are finalised. We therefore encourage you to provide your feedback early.
We hope to submit a Section 36 application (to the Scottish Government) in 2023. There is an opportunity to provide a formal representation to the Scottish Government - we will keep our project website updated with news on how to do this.
Yes. Statkraft are committed to delivering community benefit fund for Oliver Forest Wind Farm of £5,000 per MW installed per annum in line with Scottish Government Good Practice Principles, should the project be consented.
We are not prescriptive in how community benefit funds are set up and administered and look forward to working with communities to create a community benefit fund that delivers meaningful benefits to communities surrounding the development.
The biggest opportunity to bring local jobs is during the construction phase.
Statkraft always endeavours to be a good neighbour and when bringing new investment to the community, we look at how we can share the economic value of our projects. As such, we will look to develop links with local business groups such as the Chamber of Commerce to understand the mutual benefits of using local suppliers. We are keen to work with local suppliers. Please fill in the Local suppliers registration form if you are a local company interested in being a supplier, or if you would like to suggest a company we could contact.
We would like to hear your ideas as to how our project can foster links with local businesses.
We are often asked by people if we can help deliver faster broadband, or even get them connected in the first place.
We need high quality broadband to operate our wind farms, including for Oliver Forest Wind Farm if it is given the go ahead. As we require broadband, we have committed to explore whether it can also help benefit the local and wider community as well. We believe we are the only developer to commit to funding a feasibility study to look into the potential for fibre and wireless line of sight broadband for all our new wind farm projects.
We are committed to offering shared ownership for the Oliver Forest wind farm project and are happy to follow this up should there be interest within the community to explore this further.
We work with Local Energy Scotland to explore community ownership opportunities and we can arrange separate meetings with them if there is interest.
Yes. We have a 'Local suppliers' registration link on the website and please get in touch if you are a local business and interested in the project. We are keen to work with local business organisations such as the Chamber of Commerce and we plan to organise 'Meet the Developer' events for businesses in the future to facilitate working with the local supply chain.