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18 Jun 2013

Manufacturing Benefits Delivered Across Argyll

A £1m order of 'Argyll made' components from Wind Towers (Scotland) Ltd in Machrihanish for the Carraig Gheal Wind Farm near Loch Awe has been completed, as construction enters the final phase of the 20 turbine project.

The tower sections for the wind farm were manufactured at the Machrihanish factory, with turbines and other components supplied by Siemens joining the towers at the factory, before being transported north to the Carraig Gheal site.
The order represents the 10th wind farm project Wind Towers (Scotland) have supplied in the last 12 months supporting 130 jobs at the factory.

A consultation has also been launched into the operation of a £46k a year community fund connected with the Carraig Gheal project, details of which are on the project website:

Dennis Breugelmans, Managing Director of Wind Towers (Scotland) Ltd said, 'We were delighted to have been given the opportunity to support GreenPower and Siemens, by providing towers for the Carraig Gheal turbines. The fact that it was an Argyll project was a real bonus. It’s important for the renewable industry in Scotland, that companies like Wind Towers (Scotland) can directly support the supply of components to Scottish wind farms.”
John Morgan, Project Director at GreenPower said, 'We are pleased that as the project nears completion significant economic benefits have been retained here in Argyll. The transport of turbines across Argyll required us to provide a major road improvement at Muasdale on the A83 and the construction of the 36km West Loch Awe Timber Haul Route, both of which will provide a lasting positive legacy for Argyll communities and businesses in the decades ahead."


Mark Ruskell - Ruskell Communications- 07585 220872

Carraig Gheal Wind Farm -

  • Developed by Alloa based GreenPower ( the project is 50% owned by GreenPower and 50% by the Ampere Equity Fund (managed by Triodos Investment Management).
  • Main contractors C.A. Blackwell (Contracts) Limited for civil and electrical works, Siemens Wind Power supply and install the turbines.
  • Situated North of Loch Awe above Inverinan Forest (Site Grid Ref NM 97 21).
  • 46 MW capacity from 20 turbines at 2.3MW capacity each.
  • Turbine tip heights of 110 and 125m.
  • Construction on the site began in 2011, with first turbines erected in Oct 2012, due for completion Summer 2013.
  • The access to the wind farm is taken along the newly constructed, 35km long, West Loch Awe Timber Haul Route, which has been jointly developed with Forestry Commission Scotland to facilitate access to the wind farm site and to serve as a strategic timber haul road, diverting timber traffic off the local C-classed roads.