Local Suppliers urged to register their interest in Berry Burn Extension construction

As our planning application for the wind farm sits with the Scottish Government for review, we take this important time to reach out to local suppliers and communities to find meaningful ways to bring benefits to the local area. Should our planning application be accepted, we will need a variety of businesses to supply fuel, building materials, fencing and accommodation to name a few.

In order to do this we have set up a Local Supplier Registration page where local businesses can register their interest to work on the project. We have been working closely with the Moray Chamber of Commerce to promote our Local Supplier Register and we are pleased to report that a good number of Moray companies, ranging from one-person businesses to larger employers, have registered. It means we can source local skills and products for our wind farm and other renewable energy projects in the area.

Mícheál Ó Broin, Senior Project Manager said: “The Local Supplier Register is very important to us, not only to ensure that our funds are spend locally but to have companies close by when we need new kit and equipment is time saving on the project meaning we can complete the project faster. I urge all local businesses to register on our supplier database, whether you are a one-person company, a small to medium enterprise or larger".

A success story from another project is Blargoans Limited who have worked with us on Baillie Wind Farm since its construction in 2011. Blargoans supply the wind farm with equipment and consumables so anything from portacabins to welfare units, to hand tools, power tools, portable toilets, computers, ink, and PPE. You can read about their working with us here.

Gordon Sproat, a site manager at one of our Moray projects, said: “The Local Supplier Register is extremely useful. It is my first port of call for any services we require. Approximately 75% of our supplier business to date has come from companies on that register.”

If the project is approved, the project will enter the pre-construction phase planning conditions are signed off by the local authority and procurement of the turbines and other contracts takes place. It is during this phase that the details of the community benefit fund is discussed with the community.

We hope that using local suppliers and shaping the community fund will bring lasting benefits to the local area.

If you have not registered as a supplier for the Berry Burn Extension project, you still have time. See our Suppliers Registration page for further information.

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