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Windy Rig construction keeps it local

10 Jan, 2020

Statkraft has announced it has awarded Scottish company RJ McLeod the contract to undertake the civil engineering works for the 43MW Windy Rig wind farm in Scotland.

Construction is expected to take around 16 months, with the project due to reach operational stage in 2021.

Ionic Consulting are supporting Statkraft as Owner's Engineer during construction, with RJ McLeod completing the Civil Works and PowersystemsUK providing the Electrical Works.

Windy Rig wind farm is a subsidy free project located in Dumfries & Galloway and was originally developed by Element Power (acquired by Statkraft in September 2018).

Statkraft UK Managing Director, David Flood said: “Windy Rig is our first subsidy-free wind project in the UK and is an exciting milestone for our company. This kicks off the start of a busy year across all sectors of our business.”

Barry Maher, Statkraft Project Manager for the work said: “We are delighted to be able to appoint such experienced Civil and Electrical contractors in RJMcLeod and Powersystems UK and are confident they will execute the works in and safe and timely manner with minimum impact on local residents.  We will continue our engagement with local communities throughout the project and will promote the use of locally sourced resources and workforce.”

Jamie Corser, Business Development Manager at RJ McLeod said “This marks our fourth project working with Statkraft in Scotland and this contract takes us over 2750MW of onshore wind farms built or in construction. We look forward to working with Statkraft to deliver another successful project.”

Statkraft has agreed to transfer ownership of the project to Greencoat UK Wind post-construction, with Statkraft managing the construction and providing operational management services for the wind farm once the project is online.

Europe’s largest producer of renewable energy, Statkraft have stated plans to bring forward 600MW of renewable energy projects in the UK by 2025 with at least a further 600MW in development.  The company acquired UK onshore wind development company Airvolution Clean Energy in August 2019 to boost its development pipeline.

This marks Powersystems UK's fourth project with the Statkraft team, and are familiar partners for RJ McLeod, having worked together on over 30 projects.

Ionic Consulting recently completed their 7th project for Statkraft, this contract being their first Statkraft project in Scotland. Ionic opened their Edinburgh office in November 2018.

About Statkraft UK

Statkraft is a leading company in hydropower internationally and Europe’s largest generator of renewable energy. The Group produces hydropower, wind power, solar power, gas-fired power and supplies district heating. Statkraft is a global company in energy market operations. Statkraft has 4000 employees in 17 countries.

In the UK Statkraft develops, owns and operates renewable production facilities and is also involved in the trading and origination of power from its own projects and those of third parties.

Since 2006, Statkraft has invested over £1.3 billion in the UK's renewable energy infrastructure and facilitated over 6 GW of new-build renewable energy generation through Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs). With a portfolio now exceeding 10 TWh per year from almost 300 customers, Statkraft is the leading provider of short and long term PPAs in the UK.

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