Scottish wind farm wins top green award30th Nov 2017

The Clyde extension wind farm project has received an international environmental award.

The 54-turbine scheme, which is owned by Clyde Wind Farm (Scotland) ltd has won a Green Apple Award for environmental best practice. The project was built by Jones Bros in a joint venture with civils partner, Balfour Beatty.

Given by The Green Organisation, the awards recognise the greenest companies, councils and communities worldwide. The Clyde extension project was selected from among 500 entries.

Jones Bros regional manager, Garod Evans, represented the joint venture at an awards ceremony at the Houses of Parliament, alongside representatives from the principle contractor, SSE and owners, Clyde Wind Farm (Scotland) Ltd.

The Green Apple Awards began in 1994. The Green Organisation is an international, independent, non-profit environment group dedicated to recognising, rewarding and promoting good environmental practice worldwide.

Garod said: “We’ve developed robust environmental practices over the years but are always looking for ways to innovate and improve. It’s rewarding to know our level of care for the environment is now ranked among the best in the country.”

The Green Apple Awards are supported by the Environment Agency, Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, the Chartered Institute for Waste Management and other independent bodies.

The construction engineering works at Clyde Extension were completed in time for a handover at the end of August, while the landscaping and reinstatement work was completed at the end of October.

Ollie Flattery, SSE’s Project Manager, said: “It’s always fantastic to have your hard work recognised, so the team were thrilled to take home the Green Apple Awards for environmental best practice.

“The project was both environmentally and technically challenging, but every challenge was met head on by the team and it’s great for this hard work to be recognised.”

The extension is positioned on the top of the Scottish Water owned Camps Reservoir and Coulter Reservoir catchments which respectively supplies approximately 120,000 and 20,000 homes with drinking water. The extension also lies within the catchment area of the salmonid River Tweed, a SSSI and SAC.  The extension brought a number of challenges for the project team with its tough terrain, environmental sensitivities, historical land slips, geological faults and often harsh weather conditions.

As well as the 54 turbine foundations, the extension consists of the construction of approximately 35km of new access tracks, the installation of 360km of underground 33kV cabling and site wide reinstatement. During its construction, there was total of 688,000m3 of stone was produced from its five borrow pits and 990,000m3 of material was moved around the site, for fill purposes.