Who is Statkraft?

    Statkraft is Europe’s largest generator of renewable energy, with origins going back 125 years in Norwegian hydro power. In the UK we operate and majority own a hydro power plant and three wind farms, and are actively developing eleven wind farm projects. 

    We are a leading provider of power purchase agreements  and have been appointed by National Grid to help them achieve their ambitions to deliver a zero carbon grid by 2025.  In 2020 we acquired an Electric Vehicle charging business and are growing our UK operations.

    Our Scottish headquarters are in Glasgow, and we have 4600 employees across 18 countries.

    To date, we have distributed over £2 million to communities in Scotland near our operational wind farms through the Community Benefit Funds.

    Read more at www.statkraft.co.uk


    Where is the site located?

    The site is located in Argyll and Bute with Inveraray the nearest town.  While the site boundary is 1km west of Inveraray and 2.5km east of Dalavich, the nearest turbine in the Scoping layout is approximately 6km to the north west of Inveraray and 4.5km to the east of Dalavich.

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About Statkraft

    Who is Statkraft?

    Statkraft is Europe’s largest generator of renewable energy, with origins going back 125 years in Norwegian hydro power. In the UK we operate and majority own a hydro power plant and three wind farms, and are actively developing eleven wind farm projects. 


    We are a leading provider of power purchase agreements and have been appointed by National Grid to help them achieve their ambitions to deliver a zero carbon grid by 2025.  In 2020 we acquired an Electric Vehicle charging business and are growing our UK operations. 


    Our Scottish headquarters are in Glasgow, and we have 4600 employees across 18 countries.

    To date, we have distributed over £2 million to communities in Scotland near our operational wind farms through the Community Benefit Funds.

    Read more at www.statkraft.co.uk

     

    Does Statkraft have any other projects in Scotland?

    Across Scotland, we majority own or operate three wind farms - in Moray, South Lanarkshire and Caithness.

    In addition to An Càrr Dubh we are also progressing several wind farms through the development process with the aim of submitting to planning in due course.  You can find out about these here.

    We are following Scottish Government advice and industry guidance due to COVID-19 in all activities relating to development, construction and operations.

    Does Statkraft have any other projects in Scotland?

    Across Scotland, we majority own and operate three wind farms - in MoraySouth Lanarkshire and Caithness

    In addition to Car Duibh we are also progressing several wind farms through the development process with the aim of submitting to planning in due course.  You can find out about these here.

    We are following Scottish Government advice and industry guidance due to COVID-19 in all activities relating to development, construction and operations.

    What's the transport route of the turbine parts & Traffic Management Plan?

    The proposed Port of Entry (POE) is Campbeltown, which is judged to be the closest suitable port to site. 

    This route has been used previously for other wind farm deliveries like An Suidhe and Garraig Gheal Wind Farms the majority of works on the A83 are already in place for component delivery. Therefore, at this stage we believe this is the best route to minimise disruption. 

    If consented, a Traffic Management Plan would be agreed in advance for the turbine deliveries.  There will also be a Traffic Management Plan in place for the construction traffic associated with the site. 

About An Càrr Dubh

    Why have you changed the project name?

    We have changed the project name following local feedback and further advice, to both accurately reflect local Gaelic and the wind farm location. You can read more here.

    How has the project changed since you introduced it in May 2021?

    During the past six months we have refined the site, taking onboard the feedback of consultees and the local community.  The key changes are the removal of 5 turbines and the reduction in turbine tip height for the proposal.  The project now consists of 21 turbines up to 180m tip height, a reduction from 26 turbines up to 200m to tip height.  

    The wind farm and the infrastructure is likely to be refined further ahead of submitting an application.   Please let us know your thoughts on our current proposal.

    Where is the site located?

    The site is located in Argyll and Bute with Inveraray the nearest town.  While the site boundary is 1km west of Inveraray and 2.5km east of Dalavich, the nearest turbine in the current layout is over 5km to the north-west of Inveraray and over 4km to the east of Dalavich.

    The wind assessment for An Càrr Dubh indicates that this site has excellent wind resource. The estimated generation of the site is the equivalent to powering 152,000 homes. (Based on 21 x 6.6MW turbines, wind resource assessment and average Scottish domestic consumption of 3,393kWh per annum).

    Why put a wind farm here?

    Did you know that less than 10% of the land area in Scotland is suitable for wind farm development? We need to maximise those sites to boost renewable energy generation and contribute to Scotland’s net-zero commitments.  Onshore wind contributed to the UK’s 2020 electricity generation as energy produced by renewables made up 42% of the UK’s electricity last year compared with 41% generated from gas and coal plants together.

    Onshore wind is part of a wider mix of energy generation with National Grid ESO using the most cost-effective mix of generation to balance supply and demand to make sure electricity is always there when people need it.

    Has a wind farm been proposed on this site before?

    A substantial part of the proposed development site was the subject of the Ardchonnel Wind Farm being developed by RWE Innogy.  Where relevant, findings of the previous application have been, and will continue to be taken into account.

    This is a new and separate application with no involvement from RWE Innogy.

    How many turbines are being proposed?

    Our original proposal was for the up to 26 turbines, however following consultation and community engagement earlier in the year, we are now proposing a reduced scheme of up to 21 turbines with a maximum blade tip height reduced from 200m to 180m.

    Please let us know what you think about the proposal by completing the feedback form.

    How tall will the turbines be?

    The initial proposals which were submitted as part of a request for a Scoping opinion from the Scottish Government were for turbines up to 200m to tip however this has been reduced to 180m to tip following public consultation.

    When would the wind farm be built?

    If the project is consented, we have proposed grid connection date in 2027 and we would expect construction to commence in 2025 or 2026.

    What else will there be apart from the turbines?

    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, a compound, site entrance, habitat management areas 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 which is expected in 2022.

    Will the project include battery storage?

    Statkraft is 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 is assessing the potential for storage at this site, which could be included in the wind farm planning application or progressed via a separate application.

    How will the Wind Farm connect to the Grid?

    We are currently assessing a number of options in consultation with Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN).  Connection can take the form of two options:  an underground cable or overhead lines.  If the route requires an overhead line, it would require a separate planning application to be submitted.  Should any planning application be required for the grid connection route this will be taken forward by SSEN.

    What is the lifespan of the project?

    The project duration is likely to be between 35 - 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.

    How many turbines are being proposed?

    Based on what we know about the Car Duibh site at the moment we have submitted a Scoping Request to the Scottish Government to consider the potential for up to 26 turbines.  

    The project may reduce in size as our environmental studies for the site progress and we received feedback from Statutory consultees and communities.

    Will trees need to be felled?

    The proposed wind farm is situated in upland moorland and no trees are present on site. If the project is consented, some tree felling may be required to facilitate the delivery of wind farm infrastructure, but we will seek to minimise any forestry loss.  

    In Scotland, there is a requirement to replant any felled trees.  Trees are carefully considered as part of the wind farm development process and this information is publicly available in planning application documents.

Local Benefits & Investment

    Will there be a community benefit fund?

    Yes. Even with our subsidy-free wind farms, we commit to a community benefit fund based on the Scottish Government recommended amount, which is £5,000 per MW installed. In addition to community benefit, if consented, and there is interest within the community, we can explore a community investment opportunity.

    We also look for other ways our projects can bring meaningful benefits to the community such as offering shared ownership, the potential for improved access to broadband (External link), and using local suppliers.

    How would a community benefit fund be administered?

    We will follow the Good Practice Principles for Community Benefits and have no strong preference how a fund is administered - we want the community to help decide how best a fund is administered for the local area. 

    We would like to hear the views of the community on all aspects of how a fund can bring meaningful benefits locally.  Please fill in the feedback form if you would like to share your ideas regarding initiatives for community benefit funding.

    Can the wind farm bring broadband improvements?

    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 Car Duibh 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 wind farm projects.

    Will you offer shared ownership of the project?

    We are committed to offering shared ownership of the wind farm 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.

    Will you use local suppliers?

    Yes. We have a 'Local Supplier' registration link on the website and please get in touch if you are a local business and interested in the project.  We plan to organise 'Meet the Developer' events for businesses (either virtual or in person depending on Covid guidance) in the future and we are dedicated to working with the local supply chain.  

Construction & Transport

    When would the wind farm be built?

    If the project is consented, we have a proposed grid connection date in 2027 and we would expect construction to commence in 2026.  

    What's the transport route of the turbine parts & Traffic Management Plan?

    The proposed Port of Entry (POE) is Campbeltown, which is judged to be the closest suitable port to site.

    This route has been used previously for other wind farm deliveries like An Suidhe and Garraig Gheal Wind Farms the majority of works on the A83 are already in place for component delivery. Therefore, at this stage we believe this is the best route to minimise disruption.

    From the A83, we are currently exploring two access routes which would aid the delivery of turbine and other infrastructure to the core development site. We are assessing these options from an engineering, environmental and commercial perspective with the final detail of the route to be outlined as part of the Section 36 application to be made to the Scottish Government in 2022.

    If consented, a Traffic Management Plan would be agreed in advance for the turbine deliveries.   There will also be a Traffic Management Plan in place for the construction traffic associated with the site.

    How tall will the turbines be?

    The proposals are for turbines up to 200m to tip. 

    Initial site assessments have led us to the conclusion that the site can accommodate this scale of wind turbine.

    However, during the consultation and development process further baseline information will be collected and assessed to better understand if the site can accommodate this scale of turbine.

    What are the next steps?

    Following consultation on the Scoping Report (May 2021), we will take into account feedback from the community and consultees to help finalise the design of the project.  

    Before the Summer 2021 and later in the year, we will hold exhibitions which will provide an opportunity for the community and members of the general public to view and comment upon the proposals for Car Duibh Wind farm.

    We will then look to submit a Section 36 application, giving the community a formal opportunity to comment on the plans as part of the statutory consultation process. 

    Find out more about the project timeline for Car Duibh.

Consultation & Engagement

    How can I keep updated with project news?

    If interested, whether a local resident or a business, you can register for updates on the project 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.

    You can use the contact details provided if you would like to chat directly with one of the Statkraft team on Car Duibh.

    What is the impact of Covid-19 on the consultation process?

    We are following Scottish Government guidance in relation to Covid-19.  The Scottish Government has made it clear that investment should continue where possible, but that this should not be at the expense of community consultation and engagement. This virtual exhibition replaces a traditional public exhibition event held in a village hall and it is our aim that our consultation activities make our plans more accessible than before.

    We like to meet with local residents and community representatives early in the planning process. Face to face meetings have not been possible due to the Covid-19 pandemic so we have been offering and taking part in virtual meetings with Community Councils to introduce ourselves and our plans.

    What opportunities will there be to engage in the future?

    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) later in December 2021.  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.

    I have a question not answered here...

    On this page you can ask a question and one of the team will respond as soon as possible.  

    We will also have several live Q&A sessions as part of our public exhibitions later in the year and you will be able to able to ask questions directly to the team then. If you would like to discuss any aspect of the project now please use the  request a 'Call back' form.

    We encourage everyone who visits this site to provide feedback and comment. 

    For those who are unable to access our website, they can address their letter to 'Statkraft Freepost' (no stamp required) and it will make it to our team who can respond with an answer. Alternatively, they can phone us on 0800 772 0668 (local call rate applies).

    We would welcome the chance to meet local residents face-to-face when it is safe to do so.

    What else will there be apart from the turbines?

    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, a compound, site entrance, habitat management areas 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.

    Will the project include battery storage?

    Statkraft is 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 is assessing the potential for storage at this site, which could be included in the wind farm planning application, or progressed via a separate application.

    What is the lifespan of the project?

    The project duration is likely to be between 35 - 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.

    Has a wind farm been proposed on this site before?

    A substantial part of the proposed development site was the subject of the Ardchonnel Wind Farm being developed by RWE Innogy.  Where relevant, findings of the previous application have been, and will continue to be taken into account. 

    This is a new and separate application with no involvement from RWE Innogy.