Wind Power

17 Nov 2021

Vattenfall Toasts South Kyle Construction Milestone

17 Nov 2021  by   

Vattenfall has completed the concrete pour on the final turbine foundation at its 240MW South Kyle wind project in south-west Scotland.

The wind farm consists of 50 foundations in total.

Construction is eight months ahead of schedule, with work having started in June 2020, said Vattenfall.

RJ McLeod based in Glasgow, is leading the wind farm’s construction operation along with Foundation Solutions HV, a specialist foundation contractor based in East Ayrshire.

Over the coming months 72km of 33kV cable will be laid and work will continue at the new South Kyle substation and on the grid connection.

Civil works will now focus on finishing the foundations and environmental restoration of the areas where rock has been extracted for use at the site as well as preparing the access route and site for wind turbine deliveries which are scheduled to commence in Spring 2022.

South Kyle Wind Farm is set to be fully commissioned and producing electricity from Spring 2023.

Paul Nickless, Vattenfall’s project director for South Kyle, said:

“Reaching this important milestone eight months ahead of schedule is a great achievement and the result of lots of hard work from all of our contractors including RJ McLeod and Foundation Solutions HV, who are based just a few miles from South Kyle.

“What they have managed to achieve, despite recent materials and driver shortages as well as the ongoing pandemic, is extremely impressive.

“It’s exciting to think that by 2023, South Kyle Wind Farm will be generating fossil-fuel free power and making a significant contribution to Scotland’s net zero goals.”

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