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RJ McLeod Contracted to Build Sneddon Law Wind Farm, East Ayrshire - 18th August

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Community Windpower Limited (CWL) is investing in excess of £50m, securing jobs in the construction sector and providing significant spin-off spending in the Kilmarnock area.

The project has National Importance winning a Contract with the Government and will use RJ McLeod for the main construction contract, Scottish Power Distribution for the electrical connections, CS Wind UK for the fabrication of the steel towers and will involve over 150 staff during its construction, including local suppliers.

CWL have a long standing relationship with RJ McLeod, the Glasgow based civil contractor.

Bruce Clark, RJ McLeod’s Joint Managing Director says;’ We have a good relationship with CWL, building their first windfarm project at Wardlaw Wood in North Ayrshire in 2006. This £6m project fit well in to our current work schedule and has the added advantage of being close to our Head Office in Glasgow’, Bruce continues,’ We will be working hard with CWL and the local communities to ensure that the project is delivered with minimal disruption, whilst providing real local spend in the area.’

Scottish Power Distribution team’s involvement is the interconnecting electrical cable between the wind farm and the Kilmarnock sub-station, with works already underway ready for a connection early in 2018.

CS Wind UK will fabricate the 45 tower sections at their Campbeltown facility. CS Wind UK recently supplied the towers for CWL’s Sanquhar wind farm in Dumfries and Galloway which are currently being installed. CWL have remained loyal to CS Wind UK by imposing their chosen turbine manufacturer, Vestas, to source their towers from the Campbeltown Company.

This long running commitment to CS Wind UK again reinforces Community Windpower’s commitment to Scottish Companies and the Scottish wind farm supply chain.

Lesley Black, UK Sales Team manager at CSWind UK commented; ‘We are delighted to have another opportunity to supply towers for a Community Windpower project. 2017 has been a challenging year for UK onshore tower manufacturers with stiff competition and low prices and a large number of onshore projects being delayed or cancelled altogether. The intention of Community Windpower for this order to be manufactured in Scotland is invaluable to the factory and the workforce.

Rod Wood, CWL’s Managing Director confirmed ‘We are delighted to be finally contracting with Scottish Businesses and delivering on our commitment to invest in Scotland. We not only contract with Scottish Companies but as in this case, insist that Ayrshire businesses will secure significant contracts such as plant hire, steel and concrete supplies. We know, first hand, how these type of development benefit the local area and support jobs in these sectors.

Once the project is constructed and operational real benefits still flow in to the surrounding area. Local business rates and rents will exceed £25m over the life time of the windfarm.

Despite taking over 5 years since Planning Approval, this project is underway and set to provide significant economic benefits to the local area and Scotland now and during its operation.

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