Moy Wind Farm receives the local touch
Renewable energy company, Eneco UK, has signed a contract with Morrison Construction which will see all the civil and electrical engineering works carried out in local contracts.
Morrison Construction, with a base just 12 miles from Moy Wind Farm signed a Balance of Plant (BoP) contract with Eneco, which has an office in Dochfour, outside Inverness. They will be the main contractors for the construction and will use Scottish and Southern Energy Contracting (SSEC) as their electrical sub-contractors, also based north of Inverness.
The company, which has recently started constructing the 60MW wind farm on the Moy estate , believes the contract will bring many benefits to the local community. The project has consent for 20 turbines which will generate energy for 34,000 homes.*
Eneco is working with the local community to understand the current needs of those living in proximity to the wind farm. A number of initiatives are already in place following feedback from the Moy meet Eneco days in April which include; an upgraded footpath along the B9154 and improved road and speed limit signage along the B9144. A community benefit fund of £4,500 per MW per year, has also been pledged throughout the lifetime of the project.
Guy Madgwick, Managing Director, Eneco UK said: ‘We are pleased to have Morrison Construction on board, the contract will see all the work carried out by businesses with local bases, just like our other wind farms near Garve and in Aberdeenshire. The Moy Wind Farm represents a further significant investment for Eneco in the Scottish Highlands and we are very much looking forward to working with the community on this project.’
A spokesperson for Morrison Construction said: "We are looking forward to working with Eneco on this project and bringing considerable benefits to the community both during the construction and, of course, as a result of it. We have a strong track record of wind farm construction in Scotland which gives us every confidence in the success of this new scheme."
The initial civil and electrical works will extend through until July 2015, turbine installation will commence thereafter and it is anticipated this should be complete by March 2016. This will be the second project for Eneco in the Highlands as they recently opened Lochluichart Wind Farm near Garve last month.
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*Balance of Plant Contract
* Equivalent to 34,000 homes. Based on RenewableUK calculations. Further details about the calculations can be found on the RenewableUK website http://www.renewableuk.com/en/renewable-energy/wind-energy/uk-wind-energy-database/figures-explained.cfm