The NATS En Route (NERL) Air Traffic Control (ATC) radar installations at Great Dun Fell and Lowther Hill are set to undergo technical modification, developed under the Project RM program, to mitigate the impact of their proposed wind developments.
This has arisen, after an agreement to fund the enhancements was signed by developers SSE (who own 740MW of onshore wind capacity in the UK) and Vattenfall (operators of the 90MW Kentish Flats Offshore wind farm).
Both ATC radar were manufactured by Raytheon, who were heavily involved in the creation of Project RM.
The news was announced on 12th February 2014 by NATS, who also said:
“Funding has so far been secured for two radar sites with the option to roll the modification out to others and to investigate further improvements to the mitigation as developer demand requires. Any roll-out of the modification to other radar sites will be delivered on a fair and equitable basis according to requirement.”
About Project RM
Previously referred to as the ‘Raytheon Solution’, Project RM is a wind turbine radar interference mitigation offering, preferred by NATS. It alters the radar processing to help differentiate wanted aircraft returns, from unwanted wind turbine returns.
Project RM is the result of 3 years of work between:
- Raytheon – Radar manufacturer
- Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC)
- Crown Estate
- Scottish Government
- Aviation Investment Fund Company Limited (AIFCL) – Set up to provide financial support for programs outlined in DECC’s Aviation Plan.
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