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Michelin Tyre Plant

Michelin Wind Farm
©2019 Gazetteer for Scotland

Michelin Wind Farm

An enormous manufacturing plant on the outskirts of Dundee, the Michelin Tyre Plant is located on a 28 ha (70 acre) site at Baldovie, 2 miles (3 km) northwest of Broughty Ferry and 3 miles (5 km) northeast of Dundee city centre. The plant opened in 1972, following an extended search by the French-based Michelin company for a Scottish site, and began producing radial tyres for cars. In 2018 the company gave notice that it would close this plant within two years, with the loss of 850 jobs.

The plant is now perhaps better known for hosting what was the UK's largest corporate wind energy project when commissioned in 2006. Two Enercon E70 wind turbines were built within the site, each are mounted on a 85m (278 feet) base, with three blades of 71m (232 feet) diameter and producing 2 megawatts (MW) of electrical power. The turbines generate approximately a third of the energy requirements of the tyre plant.

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