RJ McLeod

A’Chruach Wind Farm

Client: Infinis
Value: £11.47M
Consultant: Grontmij
Completed: 2016

Located within the Kilmichael Forest area north of Lochgilphead on Forestry Commission Scotland land, the project was for the Balance of Plant construction of a 21-turbine wind farm (43MW in total). It included the construction of new access roads, upgrade of existing access tracks, alterations to existing access roads and bridges, a new 20m-span bridge crossing, turbine foundations and associated crane hardstandings, on and off-site control buildings. Electrical works, including installation of new twin circuit overhead line, formed part of the Contract.

Key Issues:
• Site located on one of the busiest forest routes within the Argyll and Bute area
• Due to the remote location concrete was batched on site
• Sensitive tributaries including salmon and trout spawning and breeding grounds, and freshwater pearl mussel colonies  


Principal Elements included:
New road construction 10km
Track upgrading 13km
33kV twin circuit overhead line 5km

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