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Robin Rigg Wind Farm

Robin Rigg represents Scotland's first large-scale offshore wind farm, located in the Solway Firth 8½ miles (14 km) south of Sandyhills (Dumfries and Galloway), close to the median line between Scotland and England. The farm comprises a regularly-spaced array of 60 turbines, each with 90-m (295-foot) diameter blades supported on an 80m (262 feet) tower and generating 3 MW of power, giving a total installed capacity of 180 megawatts (MW). Built and operated by E.ON UK, part of a German-owned utility group, the farm was fully operational by April 2010 and officially opened by Catherine Dumbill, a local school pupil, in September of that year. The turbines were installed by MV Resolution the world's first vessel to be purpose-built for work on offshore wind farms. This unique vessel is raised 10m (33 feet) above the sea on six jack-up legs to provide a stable platform for driving foundations into the seabed. The wind farm is maintained from the English port of Workington, while power is also routed south via two 132 kV cables, which come ashore near Seaton in Cumbria.


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