WORK is underway to prepare the way for the construction of the new wind farm near the far north coast village of Strathy.
SSE Renewables has the green light to put up 33 turbines within a forest plantation, seven kilometres south of the village.
The groundwork over the next few months is being undertaken by Ross-shire-based contractor RJ McLeod.
SSE’s project manager Rod Crawford, said “This is an important step forward in preparing for the main construction phase later in the year, and whilst we are very much in the early preparatory stages of the project, we are still expecting some opportunities for local businesses during this phase of works.
“Later in the year we will hold a local ‘Meet the Buyer’ event which will help raise awareness of the sorts of skills and services that we’ll be looking for during the main construction works and the opportunities available to local businesses to get involved with the project.”
The firm will also set up regular liaison meetings with local community councils.
Over the last couple of weeks, a site compound has been set up near the site entrance at Dallangwell and equipment and machinery delivered. A temporary bridge will be installed at Dallangwell as part of the works and a new platform constructed for the on-site substation. To support this activity some on-site road works will also be undertaken and a borrow pit opened to obtain rock.
The forestry works, started in October, involve a mix of mulching and felling, will also continue in parallel through into the main construction works later in the year