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Viking wind farm contract awarded to north firm RJ McLeod

By Calum MacLeod

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Artist's impression of Shetland's Viking Wind Farm.
Artist's impression of Shetland's Viking Wind Farm.

CIVIL engineering firm RJ McLeod has been named main contractor for SSE Renewables' 103-turbine Viking Wind Farm in Shetland.

Work on the £580 million project will begin next month and will support around 400 jobs at peak construction.

Following completion in 2024, the 443-megawatt (MW) onshore development will support an estimated 35 local jobs annually.

RJ McLeod, which has offices in Glasgow and Dingwall, will build a network of access tracks through the site as well as the new Sandwater road, construction compounds and bases and crane pads for the turbines.

SSE Renewables’ director of development Mike Seaton said: “SSE Renewables is delighted to announce RJ McLeod as the civil contractor for our Viking Wind Farm. We have a strong track record of delivering onshore wind farms successfully together.

“SSE Renewables and RJ McLeod are committed to maximising opportunities for the local, Shetland and wider Scottish supply chain from Viking’s construction and to creating significant employment opportunities while we build this excellent flagship onshore wind project.”

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