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Nuon Renewables and Vattenfall create UK onshore wind giant

Nuon Renewables and Vattenfall have joined forces on onshore wind in the UK, creating one of the UK’s largest onshore wind farm developers.

By Kari Williamson

The onshore wind business will take the Vattenfall name and operate from offices in Penzance, Swansea, Hexham and Edinburgh.

The combined development portfolio with 14 onshore wind projects in England, Wales and Scotland totalling more than 624 MW puts Vattenfall amongst the largest players in onshore wind power development in the UK.

Nuon Renewables was acquired by Vattenfall in 2009 when the Swedish utility bought Dutch utility Nuon. Until now Nuon Renewables in the UK has operated independently of its parent company.

Vattenfall’s new Head of Onshore Wind Development in the UK is to be Piers Guy, the former Head of Development at Nuon Renewables.

Guy says: “This larger Vattenfall onshore wind business in the UK is now very substantial and with the support of the UK and devolved Governments could invest nearly £1billion by 2020 and make a telling contribution to meeting green energy targets and creating jobs.”

Peter Wesslau, Vattenfall’s UK Country Manager, adds: “Vattenfall’s strategy to invest significantly in wind power as a way to help tackle our carbon impact led to the decision to enter the UK market in 2008. The acquisition of Dutch utility Nuon in 2009, and the decision to unite the two organisations, has now allowed us to strengthen that commitment to wind power in the UK even further.”

Vattenfall’s onshore wind interests

  • Number of projects in development portfolio (not operating): 14
  • Total MW under development (not operating): 624

Projects in the UK:

Status
Name
Location
Installed capacity (MW)
Operating
Edinbane
Isle of Skye
41.4
Operating
Parc Cynog
Carmarthenshire
8.4
Under Construction
Swinford
Leicestershire
22
Consented
Clashindarroch
Aberdeenshire
41.4
Consented
Nant Bach
Conwy
27.5
Consented
Ray
Northumberland
56
In Planning
Airfield Farm
Bedfordshire
6
In Planning
Aultmore
Morayshire
29.9
In Planning
Hirddywel
Powys
27
In Planning
Llanbadarn Fynydd
Powys
51
In Planning
Mynydd Waun Fawr
Powys
37.5
In Planning
Pen y Cymoedd
Neath Port Talbot/Rhondda Cynon Taf
c250
In Planning
Whitton
Scottish Borders
18
Scoping
Rhyd Ddu
Powys
57.5
Pre Scoping
Blackmyre Moor
Galloway
-
Pre Scoping
South Kyle
East Ayrshire/ Galloway
-

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