More than 150 local jobs could be supported and created by scheme
The developer of a major wind farm in South West Scotland is launching a major campaign this week to help companies win business with the scheme.
Vattenfall, the state owned Swedish energy company which is seeking planning permission for the up to £190 million South Kyle Wind Farm, wants to register the interest of more than 600 businesses in Ayrshire and Dumfries & Galloway to help build and operate the 50 wind turbine project.
The company says that by maximising local content the region’s economy will benefit significantly. It is estimated that throughout the two year construction period and 25 years of operations, South Kyle Wind Farm could help retain or create more than 150 local jobs. Vattenfall has committed to maximising economic benefit to the region’s hard pressed economy and repeating local supply chain successes it has delivered in South Wales and North East Scotland.
Piers Guy, Vattenfall’s Director of onshore wind development in the UK, said: “Where Vattenfall has built wind farms in the UK it has delivered on its commitment to maximise local, regional and national content. In fact, we have achieved around 50% by contract value of UK and local content with recent schemes.”
“Vattenfall wants to register as much local business interest in South Kyle as it can and that is why we have established a very ambitious target to give more than 600 businesses the edge through the process. We have found in places like South Wales and Aberdeenshire, where we are building schemes right now, that early supply chain registration and engagement is necessary if local economic benefit is to be maximised during construction and operation.
“We want to ensure local companies have the time and information to prepare to compete for contracts on a major inward investment project like South Kyle. We will be following up with supply chain events to support local businesses to enter the renewables supply chain, which is a growing industry in the UK and beyond.”
In September 2013 Vattenfall submitted a planning application for the South Kyle Wind Farm to the Scottish Government. A consent decision by Scottish Ministers is not expected until 2014.