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Highland boost for hirers

 

By Mike Travers

 

Plant hirers, quarry firms and haulage companies in the Highlands are in line for a windfall if a £158m wind farm gets the go-ahead.

Simec Energy, part of GFG Alliance which owns an aluminium smelter at Fort William, has proposed the 39-turbine scheme for a site near Laggan in Badenoch and Strathspey.

If the scheme gets the green light, steel for the turbine towers would be rolled at GFG’s Dalzell plant in Motherwell and the towers could be fabricated at a planned new facility nearby. Renewable energy company RES is the developer and has undertaken detailed environmental and technical studies.

SIMEC has made a formal application following a year of environmental and technical studies and public consultation. The company already operates a hydro power plant linked to the aluminium smelter submitted an application to the Scottish Government’s Energy Consents Unit.

Development could trigger up to £158m worth of capital investment with around £23m being spent in the Highland’s economy during construction alone. Contracts likely to be awarded locally include plant hire, aggregates supply and haulage, and site accommodation.

 

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Article posted 2/10/2018