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By Fiona Reid
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£44million business boost from windfarm

THE development and construction of a windfarm on the edge of the region has seen an estimated £44 million worth of business awarded to South Scotland companies.

That’s the analysis of the boost from Vattenfall’s 50 turbine South Kyle Windfarm, which is located between Dalmellington, New Cumnock and Carsphairn.

Construction started last year and it has now reached the halfway point and is on track for completion early next year.

From the outset, Vattenfall say they worked with their principal contractors to ensure they maximised opportunities for local businesses to supply the project.

And independent analysis of the project’s supply chain has been undertaken, measuring the windfarm’s economic impact from development through construction. It found:

* £44 million 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 Windfarm 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.

Vattenfall spokesman Frank Elsworth said: “At South Kyle Windfarm, 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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