Friday 11th October 2019
GFG Alliance’s energy arm, SIMEC, has brought together a range of local businesses to highlight potential contract opportunities from the construction and operation of its 168MW Glenshero Wind Farm in the Highlands, should it be approved.
Around 30 people from mainly local suppliers attended SIMEC’s Meet the Buyer event at Liberty’s Aluminium Smelter in Fort William to hear more about the wind farm, which is likely to offer approximately £23m of contracts to Highlands-based businesses during construction.
Representatives of the Inverness and Lochaber chambers of commerce were joined by a variety of suppliers crossing the power generation, construction, engineering and leisure sectors.
SIMEC applied for planning permission for the 39-turbine wind farm last year following consultation with the local community and detailed environmental and technical studies conducted by renewable energy company RES.
Glenshero Wind Farm, located around eight kilometres north west of Laggan, represents an exciting opportunity to support Scotland’s industrial growth while contributing to the country’s target of achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2045 recently legislated by the Scottish Government.
Tom Uppington, General Manager at SIMEC Lochaber Power: “We are delighted that so many local businesses and suppliers turned out to find out more about potential opportunities for providing services for the construction and operation of Glenshero.
With over £23m going into contracts with Highlands-based suppliers ranging from concrete suppliers to excavation and civil engineering contractors*, the wind farm would give the local economy a valuable boost while pushing Scotland towards its legally-binding target of being carbon neutral by 2045.”
Frazer Coupland, CEO Lochaber Chamber, said: “It was great to see such a large turnout of businesses and to learn and understand more about SIMEC and the role Glenshero plays in the company’s innovative GREENSTEEL strategy.
It was reassuring to hear of the importance and the variety of roles for local suppliers and Lochaber Chamber looks forward to assisting our member businesses in maximising the opportunities associated with this exciting development should it proceed.”
Richard Wagstaff, Construction Manager at RES, said: “Local contractors have extensive knowledge of the local area and can bring highly skilled staff and services to our projects. It was clear to me that those capabilities exist locally at Glenshero and it was great to learn more about those skills from businesses themselves at the Meet the Buyer event.”
Highlands-based suppliers that could be contracted for the project cover the following sectors: