Watten wind farm is a proposed project that would be situated 14km west of the town of Wick in Caithness, Highland. It would consist of up to eight turbines with maximum blade tip heights of 220 metres, with an estimated total installed capacity of around 50MW. The final design of the project will evolve over the coming months based on the various surveys that are currently underway.
The project will also include access tracks, a substation, a battery storage facility, a temporary construction compound, a permanent meteorological mast, underground cabling and a grid connection which will link the wind farm to the national electricity grid.
The proposed site is located around the Wester Watten Moss Forest, which is approximately 3km south west of Watten village.
A scoping process – which will determine what should be included in the environmental impact assessment (EIA) that will support any future planning application – has been launched by EDF Renewables.
EDF Renewables intends to submit a planning application with an Environmental Impact Assessment Report in support of the project to the Scottish Government Energy Consents Unit towards the end of 2022.
Subject to planning consent, it is anticipated that the wind farm would be operational by 2026.
A community benefit fund commensurate with the size of the project and in line with Scottish Government guidelines would be established to provide funding for community initiatives and projects in the local area. This will be worth £5,000 per MW under current Scottish Government guidance.