Centurion batting for wind farm

A wind farm developer’s campaign to raise interest from businesses in the South West of Scotland has had an ‘incredible response’ after it signed up a century of firms, the company behind the proposed scheme said today.

But Vattenfall, the energy company behind the up to £190mn, 50-turbine South Kyle Wind Farm, said that “there’s more potential in the region and Vattenfall wants to find it”. The European developer hopes to sign up more interest at a business event in Dumfries on 1 May.

And the clarion call continues to go out as Vattenfall signed up the 100th business, Plansafe of Dumfries, for its 600-Campaign this month.

Plansafe employs ten people in the area and provides health & safety services to, among other sectors, the wind industry.

Alison Daugherty, Vattenfall’s Senior Project Manager of the South Kyle Wind Farm proposal, said: “We have a strong commitment to maximise local content if this project is given the go ahead and whilst the 600-Campaign has had an incredible response since we launched it late last year there’s more potential in the region and Vattenfall wants to find it.

“Vattenfall has found that early engagement gives an important head start to local suppliers. Importantly though, this is not just about South Kyle Wind Farm but also about establishing a lean local supply chain capable of doing business with the whole industry.”

David Wood, Plansafe’s Managing Director, said: “Plansafe is delighted to be given the opportunity of discussing the possibility of working with Vattenfall on their South Kyle Wind Farm project. We feel sure that we will be able to provide services to assist not only Vattenfall but also many of their local contractors who will wish to demonstrate their total compliance with current health and safety related legislation.”

Vattenfall is keen to speak with businesses in the local area at the event 1st May at the Cairndale Hotel and Leisure Club at Dumfries. Companies will find out more about the proposed South Kyle Wind Farm and the potential business opportunities.

The event, which starts from 3pm and closes at 7pm, will enable businesses to find out more about the opportunities that exist for local firms if the South Kyle Wind Farm application is successful. They form part of the company’s on-going initiatives to engage with and develop the local supply chain.

Any business wishing to register for the event can book online at www.vattenfall.co.uk/en/south-kyle.htm.