Scottish wind developer and Burcote Wind and Campbeltown-based wind turbine tower manufacturer CS Wind have renewed their mutual pledge to collaborate.
The agreement will see the two companies working together across Burcote Wind’s portfolio, including the recently consented Sandy Knowe Wind Farm, a 24 turbine project in Dumfries and Galloway.
The agreement commits both Burcote Wind and CS Wind UK to five years of future development within Scotland. The two companies will work together to provide the technical, commercial and operational support necessary in respect of wind energy projects being developed by Burcote Wind in the UK.
‘Where possible’ the companies will agree to collaborate on future onshore wind projects within the UK.
Burcote Wind first committed to a deal in 2012 with Wind Towers Scotland, which was subsequently acquired by CS Wind Corporation earlier this year.
Last year Burcote Wind also announced a partnership with ERG, Italy’s leading wind energy operator and one of the primary operators in Europe (1,446MW installed).
Burcote Wind’s portfolio is made up six active onshore wind projects at various stages of planning throughout Scotland. One of the company’s proposed developments, Creggan Wind Farm, is located close to the CS Wind UK plant in West Kintyre.
Burcote Wind’s pipeline could provide the plant with over a year’s worth of orders based on the current manufacturing capacity, providing crucial support for local skills, employment and apprenticeships in Kintyre.
The new agreement was signed by Graham Brown, Director, Burcote Wind, and Lesley Black, Sales and Marketing Manager at CS Wind UK.
Brown said: “I’m delighted to reaffirm and strengthen our relationship with CS Wind through this updated Memorandum of Understanding.
“We want to ensure as much as possible of the £500 million investment behind our project pipeline is retained in Scotland, supporting jobs and skills.
“This includes our procurement policy, which offers local contractors a 5% price advantage when tendering for contracts relating to our projects. “
CS Wind UK is one of the largest single employers in the Campbeltown area, with a workforce of around 160 people. In July, Korean-owned company announced its commitment to make further investments in its plant, which will create an additional 160 jobs.