RJ McLeod

Spurness Wind Farm, Sanday

Client: Scottish & Southern Energy Generation Ltd
Consultant: Grontmij
Size: 5 x 2MW
Completed: 2013


This NEC 3 Option A contract was for the construction of a 5-turbine wind farm on the remote island of Sanday, 30 miles north of mainland Orkney. It included the removal of 3 no. existing turbines and replacement with 5 no. new Vestas turbines. Works included construction of roads, hardstandings, turbine foundations and a new welfare building. RJ McLeod undertook the Principal Contractor role until the end of the commissioning phase.

Key Issues:
• Working in remote island location
• Selection of concrete production methods
• Working in and around live substation
• Harsh weather conditions resulting in unreliable transport links

Principal Elements included:
Roads 16km
Cable tracks 14km
Met masts 2 no.
Reinforced concrete 13,500m3
Reinforcement 2,400 tonnes


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