Conservative MSP for Ayr, John Scott, joined ScottishPower Renewables (SPR) at the Port of Ayr, as the renewables developer announced another major turbine delivery contract for the port.
The port has been selected for the landing of turbines for the Mark Hill windfarm near Barrhill, South Ayrshire. This further economic boost comes on the back of the Arecleoch windfarm turbines being delivered to the port and highlights the great facilities and service provided by the Port of Ayr team.
Ships loaded with over 500 turbine components have been arriving at the Port of Ayr since April 2010 before making the journey to the windfarm.
Each turbine is made up of nine sections and when erected will measure 118m tip height and weighs over 300 tonnes.
Construction began at the 60 turbine Arecleoch Windfarm last year and the project’s capacity of 120MW is expected to be fully operational in mid 2011. Mark Hill will have 28 turbines and a 56MW capacity.
Martin Mathers, Community Relations Manager for ScottishPower Renewables said: “We are delighted to see Ayr benefit from these projects and share in the economic growth that comes with new windfarm developments.
“SPR aims to work with local suppliers whenever possible and always encourage our contractors to make the best use of the workforce and companies near our developments.”
Stuart Cresswell, Associated British Ports’ Port Manager Ayr & Troon said: "These types of projects undoubtedly help to secure local jobs and will be of enormous benefit to the local economy. The Port of Ayr has excellent road access for abnormal loads and is ideally located to act as the primary supply hub for the major renewable projects being developed in the south west of Scotland."