En­ergy com­pany to con­sult on 40-tur­bine Lag­gan wind farm

The Oban Times - - LOCHABER TIMES & OBAN TIMES -

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.

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