The Fforch Nest wind farm is located 4kms to the north of the village of Glynogwr and to the north west of Gilfach Goch. The site is located on flat upland mountain plateau between the Cwm Ogwr Fawr to the west and Cwm Ogwr Fach to the east which flows through the settlement on Gilfach Goch. The site is located within TAN 8 strategic search area F (SSA F). The site spans the Bridgend County Borough and Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough areas (and lies adjacent to the Pant y Wal windfarm). The project was developed and permitted by RWE Npower, but acquired and then built out by Pennant Walters in 2011. The wind farm became operational in mid-2013.
The wind farm has a remaining operational life of over 18 years.
The wind farm comprises 11 Nordex N90 2.5MW turbines, which are 70m to the hub and 115m to the tip. The site can produce up to 27.5MWe, which is the equivalent of the energy required to supply 19,000 homes. Nordex provide an operation and maintenance service and Pennant Walters provide site management and reporting services.
Turbine Supply Contract – Nordex
Civil Engineering Contract – Walters UK
Electrical Engineering Contract – Powersystems Ltd
Grid Connection – Western Power Distribution
Walters UK assumed the role of principal contractor.
Power Sales Contract - Statkraft
Operations and Maintenance Contract – Nordex
Equity Investors – Pennant Walters Ltd and Vantage Infrastructure Ltd (for RBS Pension Fund) replacing InfraRed Capital partners
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