By Brian Donnelly Business Correspondent

Scottish civil-engineers will lead the construction of the country’s newest

onshore wind farm following the award of a £67 million contract by Vattenfall.

Glasgow-based 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 around two miles to the east of Dalmellington, South Kyle will be

Swedish state-owned company 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 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 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, 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


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 48km of access

tracks, a 132/33kV substation, a 4.5km 132kV cable connection, and the 33kV

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 said it 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


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