UK contractor breaks ground on major wind farm
By Catrin Jones23 August 2023
Jones Bros Civil Engineering UK has started work on the 49-turbine North Kyle Wind Farm in East Ayrshire, Scotland, which will have the capacity to power more than 160,000 households.
The company has been appointed as principal contractor for a €350 million scheme near Dalmellington, on and around the former Chalmerston and House of Water coal mining sites.
The Brockwell Energy-led development, which was first devised in 2016, is said to be capable of generating 220.5 megawatts of renewable energy, with plans to provide £65m in community benefits over 40 years.
Jones Bros completed enabling works in May, which included construction of the SP Energy Networks (SPEN) substation platform and construction compound.
Scheduled activity for the North Wales-based firm includes constructing reinforced concrete foundations, excavating, and backfilling for cabling, as well as creating 24km of new access tracks and upgrading a further 20km to allow for turbine and transformer delivery.
Contracts director Garod Evans said, “This is our 20th Scottish wind farm, and it is of national significance in terms of scale, which is proof of our strong reputation in the sector.
“Our highly skilled team has already been hard at work, which has allowed us to hit the ground running on the main bulk of the project.”