Map­ping out the road ahead

The Oban Times - - Business -

WOOD Group’s re­new­able energy con­sul­tancy Sgur­rEn­ergy has won a con­tract to iden­tify col­lab­o­ra­tion op­por­tu­ni­ties be­tween the forestry and re­new­able energy in­dus­tries in Ar­gyll and Bute.

Sgur­rEn­ergy will pro­vide map­ping ser­vices in a pro­ject part-funded by the Scot­tish gov­ern­ment’s Strate­gic Tim­ber Trans­port Fund. Ar­gyll Tim­ber Trans­port Group is lead­ing the pro­ject, which also in­cludes Scot­tish Hy­dro Elec­tric Trans­mis­sion, Forestry Com­mis­sion Scot­land and Ar­gyll and Bute Re­new­able Al­liance.

The pro­ject part­ners will work to­gether to help plan new de­vel­op­ments which will de­liver long-term eco­nomic, en­vi­ron­men­tal and so­cial ben­e­fits through­out Ar­gyll.

Glas­gow-based Sgur­rEn­ergy will map for­est road and energy pro­ject road in­fra­struc­ture and how this links to the public road net­work.

New roads re­quired for con­struc­tion will be as­sessed to max­imise the long-term ben­e­fits to the for­est in­dus­try and to the wider in­fra­struc­ture in Ar­gyll.

The pro­ject will also look at link­ing ex­ist­ing ac­cess routes in es­tab­lished forests to al­low tim­ber traf­fic to be di­rected away from public roads whilst en­abling re­new­able energy de­vel­op­ment.

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