Construction at Innogy’s planned 50 MW Glen Kyllachy wind farm in the Scottish Highlands is suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Innogy said it had been ready to start turbine foundation work this month on the twenty-machine merchant wind farm but decided to close the site on 24 March in line with Scottish guidance as a lockdown began.

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has called for all, except “essential”, construction sites to close.

A spokesperson for the company said: “The site will remain closed until such time as the official guidance changes.

“Clearly, this will have an impact upon the project, however, at this stage, we are not anticipating a delay to turbine erection or energisation of the grid connection.”

She added: “Thanks to favourable winter conditions, we have made good progress on site through March, constructing up to 70% of the access tracks, and preparing the platform necessary for the construction of the substation.

“By taking advantage of the mild winter, we are in a good position with regards to the construction programme.”

The project is set to come online in the second half of 2021 and Innogy has agreed a sale to Greencoat on completion. RJ McLeod is acting as principle contractor for the project, located south of Inverness.

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