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Raeburn Drilling secures wind farms work

Colin AndersonBanks Renewables has appointed Hamilton headquartered Raeburn Drilling to help it deliver Kype Muir and Middle Muir Wind Farms.

Raeburn Drilling, a family owned business, 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 £800,000 contract follows last year’s launch of the Connect2Renewables Charter which saw Banks Renewables partner with South Lanarkshire Council, which commits a minimum of £69 million to the local economy and communities in the area.

The Charter gives priority to local businesses in the supply chain and – through a dedicated job fund (guaranteed for the first five years) – is set to support around 457 local 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.

 Chief executive of Raeburn Drilling and Geotechnical, Anne Baxter, said:  “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.”

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, which is a 51MW, 15-turbine project set to deliver the tallest onshore turbines on mainland UK.

Development director, Colin Anderson (pictured), said: “I am thrilled that these truly transformative projects – set to contribute to a job and training fund totalling £1.74m, supporting 400 plus local unemployed people into work, education or training – are beginning to take shape.

“What is especially pleasing is that even before the sites are operational, we have been able to utilise the services of an expert local firm in Raeburn Drilling, who have themselves been able to take on more staff as a result of the substantial contracts.

“When we formally launched Connect2Renewables late last year, along with the communities and our delivery partner, South Lanarkshire Council, we knew that it had the potential to transform the region for the better. I believe we are now at the beginning of that process.”

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