Vattenfall, the Swedish energy company, has awarded a multimillion pound contract to construction company RJ McLeod (Contractors) Ltd to deliver the civil and electrical engineering works for the Ray Wind Farm, near Kirkwhelpington in Northumberland.
Preparatory works have started on the 54.4MW wind farm which once constructed is expected to generate enough power every year to meet the equivalent annual electricity demand of over 30,000 UK households.
Paul Nickless, Vattenfall’s Construction Manager for Ray Wind Farm, said: “We are delighted to award RJ McLeod their first English wind farm contract. The civil engineering works on site will require over 70 skilled and semi-skilled workers to help build the 54.4MW scheme at the peak of construction.”
Andy Gillan, RJ McLeod’s Project Manager, said: “We are pleased to be working with Vattenfall once again. This is our third contract with Vattenfall following Edinbane Wind Farm on Skye, and the recently constructed Clashindarroch Wind Farm near Huntly, NE Scotland.”
He concluded by saying: “We aim to utilise local resources wherever possible, this may include materials, plant hire, human resources and subcontractors.”
Construction and installation of the 16 wind turbines is expected to be complete and fully operational by early 2017.
Expected project timescale
Construction started: End of July 2015
Site mobilisation and civil engineering works commenced: End of July 2015
Offsite grid connection works: Autumn 2015
Turbine deliveries: Summer 2016
Construction complete and wind farm fully operational: Early 2017
Contact Vattenfall media:
Joanne Hutchinson, Vattenfall, 07974328358, [email protected]