Vattenfall has finished the Final turbine foundation concrete pour at its 240MW South Kyle wind project in south-west Scotland. The wind farm has a total of 50 foundations.
According to Vattenfall, construction is eight months ahead of schedule, with work beginning in June 2020.
RJ McLeod, located in Glasgow, is in charge of the wind farm’s construction, together with Foundation Solutions HV, an East Ayrshire-based specialized foundation contractor.
72km of 33kV cable will be deployed over the next several months, while construction at the new South Kyle substation and grid connection will continue.
Civil construction will now concentrate on completing the foundations and restoring the environment in places where Rock has been taken for use at the site, as well as preparing the access route and site for wind turbine deliveries, which are slated to begin in Spring 2022.
South Kyle Wind Farm is expected to be completely operational and producing power by the spring of 2023.
Paul Nickless, Vattenfall’s project director for South Kyle says “Achieving this key milestone eight months ahead of schedule is a wonderful accomplishment and the result of a lot of hard work from all of our contractors, including RJ McLeod and Foundation Solutions HV, who are based just a few miles from South Kyle.”
“What they’ve accomplished, despite current material and driver shortages, as well as the ongoing pandemic, is quite remarkable.”
“It’s wonderful to think that by 2023, South Kyle Wind Farm will be producing fossil-free electricity and contributing significantly to Scotland’s net zero aspirations.”