Energy company to consult on 40-turbine Laggan wind farm
LOCAL residents have been invited to two public events this month to learn about plans for a Highland wind farm designed to support factories across Scotland, writes Mark Entwistle.
SIMEC Energy, whose sister company Liberty British Aluminium is currently planning a new alloy wheels factory next door to its smelter at Fort William, wants to get the input of local people on its proposals for a 40-turbine wind farm in the Glenshero area near Laggan.
The proposed £150 million wind farm will contribute energy for industrial developments across Scotland and SIMEC is preparing to submit a planning application for the development early next year.
The original proposal for 54 turbines has already been revised following preliminary discussions between developers and statutory consultees, and after initial site investigation work.
SIMEC and Liberty British Aluminium are part of the GFG Alliance, which says that the wind farm at Glenshero is part of a wider vision to develop the Lochaber estate lands. Duncan Mackison, chief executive of JAHAMA Highland Estates, the GFG division which manages and develops the estate lands, said: ‘We hope as many people as possible will come along to the public events at Laggan and Fort Augustus, so we can share details of these exciting proposals and hear local views.
‘We’ve already had initial conversations with key stakeholders and these meetings are a valuable opportunity to take that to the next stage and involve local residents in the process of developing a scheme which promises to bring extensive benefits to the area.’
Details of the 40-turbine wind farm will be outlined by SIMEC Energy representatives during information events at Laggan Village Hall on Monday November 20 and Fort Augustus Village Hall on Tuesday November 21.
Both events will be open between 3pm and 7.30pm for visitors to drop in to see initial plans, hear briefings and share their views.