£44million Local Business Boost As Vattenfall Constructs South Kyle Wind Farm

The development and construction of Vattenfall’s South Kyle Wind Farm has seen an estimated £44million-worth of business awarded to local companies according to new analysis.

Construction of the 50 turbine, 240MW wind farm between Dalmellington, New Cumnock and Carsphairn has reached the halfway point, having commenced in late 2020. It is due for completion early next year.

From the outset, Vattenfall has worked with its principal contractors to ensure they maximised opportunities for local businesses to supply the project. Now, eighteen months into the build programme, independent analysis of the project’s supply chain has been undertaken, measuring the wind farm’s economic impact from development through construction. The analysis found:

£44million of spend awarded to businesses with a presence in Ayrshire and Dumfries and Galloway;
Across Scotland, spending amounted to £93.4 million;
During peak activity in the construction period, South Kyle Wind Farm supported 720 jobs across Scotland including 270 in South West Scotland.
The figures are based on research undertaken with South Kyle Wind Farm’s contractors, sub-contractors and suppliers.

Frank Elsworth, Vattenfall’s Head of UK Onshore Development, said:

“At South Kyle Wind Farm, Vattenfall has proved that by working collaboratively with our suppliers and local communities, our projects are able to deliver a huge boost to local economies. We’re delighted the analysis shows that local businesses are involved at every level of South Kyle’s supply chain.

“Working towards a shared goal in partnership with our balance of plant contractor RJ McLeod, turbine provider Nordex, forestry contractors Euroforest and RTS, and Dumfries and Galloway’s own Natural Power, as well as local authorities and community organisations has enabled us to achieve this.”

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