Glasgow-based civil engineer RJ McLeod will lead the construction of the country’s newest onshore South Kyle wind farm following the award of a multi-million-pound contract by Vattenfall.
RJ McLeod will deliver roads and access tracks, electrical infrastructure, turbine foundations and other infrastructure at South Kyle wind farm in East Ayrshire and Dumfries and Galloway.
Located 5km to the east of Dalmellington, South Kyle will be Vattenfall’s largest onshore wind farm in the United Kingdom. At the peak of construction, the project will require around 150 workers on site, and once operational the 240MW wind farm will make a significant contribution to Scotland’s net-zero ambitions – powering 170,000 homes and saving 300,000 tonnes of greenhouse gases annually, the equivalent of taking 65,000 cars off the road each year.
The contract is the fourth major Vattenfall project undertaken by RJ McLeod, and continues Vattenfall’s commitment to the Scottish supply chain. This extends to the local economy, with both Vattenfall and RJ McLeod committed to developing opportunities for local sub-contractors and suppliers wherever possible, whilst creating jobs and career opportunities within the renewable and low carbon energy sector.
Frank Elsworth, Vattenfall’s UK development director, onshore wind, said: “Constructing a wind farm is about so much more than just building a green power station. This is about creating and sustaining an industry that offers people a real future in a rewarding career.
“As well as bringing fossil-fuel free living a step closer, we want to ensure that businesses close to our wind farms have the chance to take full advantage of the opportunities developments like South Kyle can create.
“We’re delighted to be working with RJ McLeod again. Their knowledge and expertise will provide further reassurance that South Kyle will be a responsibly built asset to the local area, powering approximately 170,000 homes with green electricity and driving forward Scotland’s emission reduction ambitions.”
Bruce Clark, joint managing director, RJ McLeod, said: “We’re delighted to be awarded the contract to construct South Kyle Wind Farm. This is our fourth project with Vattenfall who recognise the skills and experience of our staff and operatives as well as our track record of using local resources and we look forward to jointly delivering this important energy asset.”
The works at South Kyle Wind Farm will consist of the construction of 50 reinforced concrete wind turbine foundations and associated crane hardstandings; construction or upgrade of approximately 48 km of access tracks; a 132/33kV substation; a 4.5km 132kV cable connection; and the 33 kV cables to connect the substation to the wind turbines.
The start date for construction is yet to be confirmed but preparatory works are anticipated to begin next month. Vattenfall is continuously monitoring precautions concerning COVID-19 and will continue to follow government guidance. The wind farm is expected to start generating electricity by early 2023. Further details on how local businesses and suppliers can get involved in South Kyle Wind Farm
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