Contract for local plant & crane firm at major Scottish wind farm

September 7, 2018 | Kype Muir News

Pictured, right to left: Jim Houghton; Stuart Gardener both AB2000; Jeannie Kielty, The Banks Group; John Fullerton & Jamie Greer, AB2000

AB2000 Limited, based in Cambuslang, (recently acquired by the Quattro Group – making it one of the UK’s largest plant hire specialists), has secured a considerable contract thanks to Banks Renewables’ promise to use nearby businesses during the construction of Kype Muir Wind Farm, near Strathaven.

Following the announcement of the Connect2Renewables (C2R) Charter launched in 2014, Banks Renewables has prioritised local businesses wherever possible throughout the planning and construction phase. As a result of that commitment, the 88MW Kype Muir Wind Farm near Strathaven is projected to deliver a £101 million boost to the local economy throughout its operating life.

Located around 13 miles from the Kype Muir development, AB2000 is providing plant and mobile cranes to help to assemble the powerful turbines.

This contract is one of nearly 40 contracts granted to local businesses by Banks Renewables at the 26 turbine development.

Jim Houstoun, chief executive, AB2000 states: “We are proud to be working with Banks Renewables as a contractor to help them build the Kype Muir wind farm.

“In line with our values, and those of Banks Renewables, we employ skilled local people to work on our projects throughout Scotland.

“A number of our skilled crane operators from South Lanarkshire have been involved in this important wind farm construction job.

“We think it’s great that Banks Renewables is delivering on its promise to ensure that as many of the contracts as possible go to local companies so the money stays in the local economy.

“The construction of the wind farm is on schedule to start producing clean, green, electricity in 2019.”

Through a carefully planned job and training scheme, the C2R initiative also promises a range of educational and work opportunities, to help locals find work and in turn boost the economy.

Kype Muir will be the largest of Banks Renewables’ 10 wind farms across Scotland and the North of England.

Colin Anderson, development director of Banks Renewables, said: “C2R initiative is about ensuring that the benefits brought in by our developments are shared fairly between the local authority, the operator and most importantly the communities surrounding the development.

“We are delighted to be working with AB2000, part of the Quattro Group and their excellent staff and equipment. We want to ensure that good local firms and their employees continue to prosper in helping bring these new projects to life.

“We will continue to utilise local resources and expertise during the construction phases of Kype Muir and we are thrilled to see the tangible benefits that this will bring in the future.”

AB2000, part of the Quattro Group, with depots at Cambuslang, Ellon and Nairn, is now part of one the UK’s largest supplier of operated and self-drive construction plant, rail plant, road rail vehicles (RRVs), crushing and screening equipment, mobile cranes and lifting services.

For more information about Banks Renewables’ Connect2Renewables initiative please see: www.banksgroup.co.uk/connect2renewables

For more information about please see their website at: www.ab2000.co.uk

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