LOCAL civil engineering firm Tulloch Developments has been awarded a multi-million pound contract by wind farm developer Viking Energy to build an access track to Upper Kergord.
Work on the 1.3-mile Kergord road is due to get under way in March with the aim to have it completed by July. The work follows on from alterations being made to the B9075 Kergord road.
When ready, the track will provide SSEN Transmission with access to the site of their proposed electricity converter station at Upper Kergord.
The contract involves creating a new junction off the B9075 Sandwater Road and a new crossing over the Burn of Weisdale.
A spokesman for Viking Energy said: “We’re delighted to have Tulloch Developments working on the wind farm project. With over 45 years’ experience, the company has a long track record of successful projects in Shetland, and we look forward to working with them on this important first stage of the Viking wind farm development.
“This contract follows on from a smaller contract awarded to another local firm, Garriock Bros, for alterations to Sandwater Road, and Viking Energy aims to create more opportunities for local companies working with its main contractors when selected.”
There is still no final go-ahead for the 103-turbine project which is now owned by SSE.
The company has said that it remains fully committed to building wind farm despite losing out on government subsidy under the Contracts for Difference mechanism last year.
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