Scottish civil-engineers RJ McLeod will lead the construction of the country’s newest onshore 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 5 km to the east of Dalmellington, South Kyle will be Vattenfall's largest onshore wind farm in the UK. At the peak of construction, the project will require around 150 workers on site, and once operational the 240 MW wind farm will make a significant contribution to Scotland's net-zero ambitions - powering 170 000 homes and saving 300 000 tpy of greenhouse gases.
The contract award marks a significant investment in the Scottish construction industry. It will be 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 Glasgow-based 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.
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 132/33 kV substation; a 4.5 km 132 kV 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 in July 2020. 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 will be published at www.vattenfall.co.uk/southkyle
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