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Fight on for UK's biggest wind farm


A HOST of contractors are chasing renewable energy projects in Scotland worth more than £100 million.

Scottish & Southern Energy has shortlisted firms for the Hadyard Hill and Artfield Fell onshore wind farm schemes, worth £90 million and £20 million respectively.

The line-up for Hadyard Hill, the biggest onshore wind farm to receive planning approval in the UK, is AWG, RJ McLeod, Amec, Balfour Beatty, Mowlem and Morgan Est.

The 130 MW farm near Girvan in South Ayrshire will provide clean energy for 80,000 homes and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 290,000 tonnes a year.The winning team will erect 52 110-m tall turbines.

One industry source said: 'Hadyard Hill is highly sought after. I'd be surprised if it wasn't the biggest wind farm to be given the nod in Europe let alone the UK. Firms can make quite a name for themselves here.'

Contractors returned documents for the two-stage tender last week, with the six contenders likely to be whittled down to three.These rivals will receive further information to develop designs and firm up prices before returning final bids in July.The station will be operational by summer 2005.

Just south of Hadyard Hill, seven teams have also returned bids for the smaller £20 million Artfield Fell scheme. Scottish & Southern Energy has pitted RJ McLeod, AWG, Alfred McAlpine, Balfour Beatty, Mowlem, Amec and Carlisle-based Ken Hope against each other.

The 20 MW project in Dumfries and Galloway will power 12,000 homes. A winner will be chosen in June with work starting in August.

n The Scottish Executive has given the thumbs up to Britain's biggest offshore wind farm.The £200 million Robin Rigg development, to be built on the sandbanks off the Solway Firth near Dumfries and Galloway, will have 60 turbines and power 180,000 homes.

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