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Companies in Dumfries and Galloway and Cumbria have won contracts totalling more than £1.5million as construction continues on the Solwaybank Wind Farm, near Langholm.
Companies such as Grange Quarry, Pro-Tect, Hansons and Oakbank have been working on The Renewables Infrastructure Group (TRIG) owned 30MW wind farm being developed and constructed by RES – the world’s largest independent renewables company. The companies are providing aggregate, security, concrete and plant hire throughout the construction period.
RES is committed to using the services of as many local businesses as possible to support and maximise the benefit of the wind farm to the local economy, with contractors bringing significant value to construction because of their knowledge of the site and technical expertise.
David McKenzie, Construction Manager at RES, said: “Maintaining good links with the local communities where wind farms are situated is of paramount importance.
“Local contractors have extensive knowledge of the local area and bring highly skilled staff and services to projects. Alongside TRIG we are very happy to be able to support local businesses and look forward to further engagement with local companies over the coming year.”
RES has worked in close partnership with Jones Bros Civil Engineering UK who helped to engage several firms in the area including Pro-Tect for security and cleaning, LIP Construction for road surfacing and GT Contracting for fencing.
David Nicholson, project manager at Jones Bros Civil Engineering UK, said: “As with all our projects, we aim to provide opportunities for the local community to benefit from employment and sub-contract work.
“Working in partnership with RES at Solwaybank Wind Farm, we have recruited two local people, and supported them obtaining their plant tickets and associated training.”
Grange Quarry, which has supplied aggregate for the construction of site tracks and hard standings, is located just three miles from the site.
Stuart Dodd, Managing Director at Grange Quarry, said: “Being in such close proximity to Solwaybank Wind Farm means we can supply materials and concrete to the site easily and effectively.
”Being able to work on such an important project for the area is a tremendous validation of our capabilities and testament to RES that it recognises the crucial role local knowledge and expertise can play in a significant construction project.”
John Reid, Managing Director of Oakbank Plant Hire, said: “With over 30 years’ experience in Dumfries and Galloway, Oakbank has become a local name representing the first-class service we provide.”
“RES has set a precedent for other large companies coming to the area through providing local contracts, which could potentially enhance future employment opportunities.”
The 15-turbine development, consisting of Senvion MM100 turbines, is due to become operational in 2020 and will be asset managed by RES during operations on behalf of The Renewables Infrastructure Group (TRIG).