£170m Highlands wind farm set to generate economic boost

Steel for the wind farm would be rolled at Liberty's Dalzell plant in Motherwell. Picture: John Devlin
Steel for the wind farm would be rolled at Liberty's Dalzell plant in Motherwell. Picture: John Devlin
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Plans have been unveiled for a £170 million wind farm development that could provide a jobs boost both in the Highlands and Lanarkshire.

GFG Alliance said its proposals would bring benefits to the economy through multiple projects for clean and renewable energy to support manufacturing.

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The wind farm would be developed by SIMEC Energy, consist of up to 54 turbines at Glenshero in the Highlands and generate up to 178 megawatts of energy.

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SIMEC said the development of renewable energy across its estate lands will contribute valuable low-cost, low-carbon power for industrial schemes such as GFG Alliance’s aluminium smelter and planned Fort William alloy wheels factory and its steel mills in Lanarkshire.

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A key element of the Glenshero plan is that the steel for the required wind-­tower structures could be rolled at Liberty’s Dalzell plant in Motherwell.

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