Glasgow company wins contract for tallest onshore wind turbines in UK
RJ MacLeod has won a contract for the extension of a South Lanarkshire wind farm that will house the UK’s first 200-meter-high onshore wind turbines.
The Glasgow-based company will provide support components and ancillary systems to an additional 15 turbines installed at Kype Muir by Banks Renewables, the wind power division of family-owned mining and property construction group Banks based in Durham, England. Construction is expected to begin in the coming weeks, and the extension is expected to start producing electricity by the end of next year.
Located 7.5 km south of Strathaven, the new turbines combined with the 26 existing Kype Muir turbines will together generate 155 MW of electricity per year. This will be enough to meet the needs of around 112,000 housing units, the equivalent of a city larger than Aberdeen.
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Approximately 30 RJ MacLeod employees will be employed on the project, with a total of 90 jobs supported during construction. Banks Group plans to spend an additional £ 10million with local suppliers.
RJ MacLeod and Banks Renewables also worked together on the initial Kype Muir wind farm, as well as nearby Middle Muir.
“Onshore wind farms generate significant investments in rural areas of Scotland,” said Gordon Thomson, project manager at Banks Renewables. “Our Kype Muir wind farm alone will invest almost £ 100million locally in neighboring communities around Strathaven over its lifetime.
“The new extension of Kype Muir will not only provide a financial boost to local economies, but will also provide employment opportunities for the local population. ”
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A new community partnership linked to the extension program is expected to provide around £ 10million in community funding for local projects and groups over the 30-year life of the site. In addition to the existing benefit fund for the Kype Muir wind farm, a total of over £ 770,000 will be provided to support community groups and environmental projects.
Jamie Corser, Director of Business Development at RJ MacLeod, said: “As a Scottish company that has been around since the 1950s, local employment at sites is something we have always believed in and that Banks has always believed in. believed. same page. ”