Press release | 2014-02-18 | 09:59 AM

Wind Farm scheme set to boost Moray economy

The Moray economy is set for a boost if a wind farm is approved by Moray Council’s Planning Committee later this month, a wind farm developer said today.

Swedish energy firm Vattenfall, which is seeking planning permission for its 13-turbine Aultmore Wind Farm proposal near Keith, has revealed how much business it has already placed with firms in Moray for another of its wind farms currently being built in the North East.

Vattenfall said that it had pumped more than six hundred thousand pounds into the Moray economy so far during the very early phases of construction for its 18-turbine Clashindarroch Wind Farm near Huntly.  And further research by the company has found that by maximising local content with Aultmore Wind Farm the region’s economy will benefit.

Alison Daugherty, Vattenfall's Senior Project Manager said: "Initial onsite preparatory work carried out by RJ McLeod at Vattenfall's Clashindarroch Wind Farm scheme has spent over £600,000 with businesses in Moray at what is a very early stage of construction and Vattenfall wants to repeat this success if Aultmore is approved by the Council."

Mrs Daugherty added: "The Aultmore Wind Farm proposal if approved would need construction workers on site, as well as many other support services, and Vattenfall wants to see as many of those jobs as possible going to local workers."

Around 70 civil engineers and construction workers from the North of Scotland will be required to build Clashindarroch and the Swedish wind farm developer expects to see similar numbers taken on at its Aultmore project if given the go-ahead by the council.