Infinis Energy plc received planning consent for the four-turbine (8.2MW) Sisters Wind Farm in January 2013. The project is located on the site of a restored, former open cast coal mine near Widdrington Village in Northumberland. It neighbours the nine-turbine (18.5MW) North Steads Wind Farm (formerly known as Blue Sky) which is currently being constructed by Infinis.
Infinis will construct and operate the Sisters Wind Farm, with construction due to start on site in August 2015. Farrans have been appointed as principal contractor for the first phase of construction.
An indicative construction programme is provided below:
|Work phase||Indicative timescales|
|Site entrance and construction compound||July to August 2015|
|Tracks, hard standings, turbine foundations and substation exterior
||July to December 2015|
|Substation components||January to April 2016|
|Turbine delivery and erection||April to May 2016|
|Electrical commissioning||June to July 2016|
|Site restoration||June to July 2016|
|Grid export and completion||August 2016|
Involving local businesses
Construction of the wind farm presents opportunities for local economic benefit and employment. Infinis is committed to involving local businesses during the construction and operation of Sisters Wind Farm where there are services and suppliers to match our requirements. Businesses interested in the potential opportunities should register their details by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Infinis has traditionally supported the communities in which they operate through the provision of a community fund. An annual fund of £5,000 per MW, index-linked, will be established for the Sisters Wind Farm to provide direct benefits to the local community for the 25 year life fo the wind farm. Assuming construction of all 4 turbines with a wind farm capacity of 8.2MW, this amounts to approximately £1 million, index-linked, over the life of the wind farm.
The non-technical summary of the Environmental Impact Assessment for the wind farm, submitted with the original planning application in September 2011, is available for download below. The current wind farm layout is also available for download.