Press release | 2014-04-22 | 09:39 AM

Centurions batting for wind energy development

Vattenfall 600-Campaign signs up more than 100 local firms

A wind farm developer’s campaign to raise interest from businesses in the south west of Scotland has had an ‘incredible response’ after it signed up a century of firms, the company behind the proposed scheme said today.

But Vattenfall, the energy company behind the up to £190mn, 50 turbine South Kyle Wind Farm, said that “there’s more potential in the region and Vattenfall wants to find it”. The European developer hopes to sign up more interest at business events in Kilmarnock on 30 April and in Dumfries on 1 May.

And the clarion call continues to go out as Vattenfall signed up the 100th, 101st and 102nd business in its 600-Campaign this month to mobilise the region’s wind energy supply chain.

Plansafe was the 100th company to register its interest in the 600-Campaign. The Dumfries company, which employs ten people in the area provides health & safety services to, among other sectors, the wind industry.

Windhoist is the 101st firm to register its interest in the South Kyle Wind Farm. It is an international specialist in heavy lifting and wind turbine installation. It employs 280 staff worldwide, the majority of whom work from the Ayrshire base.

Prontoport Ltd, which employs 15 people from North Ayrshire closely followed as the 102nd business to register its interest. Prontoport Ltd provides independent electrical and mechanical engineering expertise and maintenance support for owners and operators in the offshore and onshore wind energy and oil & gas sectors.

Alison Daugherty, Vattenfall’s Senior Project Manager of the South Kyle Wind Farm proposal, said:

“We have a strong commitment to maximise local content if this project if given the go ahead and whilst the 600-Campaign has had an incredible response since we launched it late last year there’s more potential in the region and Vattenfall wants to find it.

“Vattenfall has found that early engagement gives an important head start to local suppliers. Importantly though, this is not just about South Kyle Wind Farm but also about establishing a lean local supply chain capable of doing business with the whole industry.”

David Wood, Plansafe’s Managing Director, said: “Plansafe is delighted to be given the opportunity of discussing the possibility of working with Vattenfall on their South Kyle Wind Farm project. We feel sure that we will be able to provide services to assist not only Vattenfall but also many of their local contractors who will wish to demonstrate their total compliance with current health and safety related legislation.”

Conor McManus, Business Development Manager for Windhoist, said: "Windhoist welcomes Vattenfall's approach and we look forward to the opportunity of becoming involved in a project in the Ayrshire area where the developer has the same interest as us in maximising the use of local businesses for both construction and the long term maintenance of the completed wind farm.”

David Hatfield, Operations Manager for Prontoport Ltd said: “Prontoport is excited about the opportunities available from a possible collaboration with Vattenfall on the South Kyle Wind Farm Project. We believe that this level of investment would provide significant benefits, both to the area and Prontoport.”

Vattenfall is keen to speak with businesses in the local area at the events on 30th April at The Park Hotel, Kilmarnock and 1st May at the Cairndale Hotel and Leisure Club at Dumfries. Companies will find out more about South Kyle Wind Farm and the potential business opportunities.

The events which start from 3pm and close at 7pm will enable businesses to find out more about the opportunities that exist for local firms if the South Kyle Wind Farm application is successful. They form part of the company’s on-going initiatives to engage with and develop the local supply chain. Any business wishing to register for the event can book online at www.vattenfall.co.uk/en/south-kyle.htm.