Banks Renewables to install tallest onshore UK wind turbines in South Lanarkshire

Pictured from left are: Jason McCall (Banks Renewables), Kathryn Saunders of Grontmij and Anne Baxter (Raeburn Drillers)
Pictured from left are: Jason McCall (Banks Renewables), Kathryn Saunders of Grontmij and Anne Baxter (Raeburn Drillers)

Scottish developer Banks Renewables has awarded an £800,000 contract to Hamilton-based Raeburn Drilling & Geotechnic to help it deliver Kype Muir and Middle Muir Wind Farms.

Kype Muir Wind Farm, located just South of Strathaven is a 26 turbine 104MW wind farm and was approved in May last year, followed in September with the approval of Middle Muir Wind Farm, North of Crawfordjohn – a 51MW, 15-turbine project which is set to deliver the tallest onshore turbines on mainland UK.

Raeburn Drilling will carry out detailed testing of the rocks and soil at both wind farm sites, primarily to help determine settlement and the specifications required for the wind farm foundations.

The appointment of the local firm follows the launch of the Connect2Renewables Charter which sees Banks Renewables partner with South Lanarkshire Council, committing a minimum of £69 million to the local economy and communities in the area.

The Charter also prioritises South Lanarkshire businesses in the supply chain and – through a dedicated job fund (guaranteed for the first five years) – is set to help more than 450 unemployed people back into work, training or further education, during the construction and early operational life of the Kype Muir and Middle Muir Wind Farm projects.

Established for over 30 years, Raeburn Drilling also operates labs and satellite operations in Aberdeen, Chesham, Birmingham and Airdrie, employing around 180 full-time staff.

Anne Baxter, Chief Executive, Raeburn Drilling and Geotechnical, said: “We are delighted to be able to help Banks Renewables deliver on these two South Lanarkshire projects, which are set to make a real difference to the region.  

“It is plainly evident when dealing with Banks that there is a genuine commitment to the local area, something that we hold dearly ourselves, providing sponsorship and support to local groups, and partly why we were so keen to be involved from the start of both the Kype Muir and Middle Muir projects.

“Through the contracts gained, we have been able to take on apprentice drillers and it has also helped us create new graduate positions with the firm. That alone shows that these projects are making a difference in South Lanarkshire. “

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