Building materials solutions provider CEMEX UK has won the contract to supply Europe's largest on-shore wind farm on moorland and forest near East Kilbride south of Glasgow over the next two years.
The contract involves the supply of 50,000 cubic metres of ready-mixed concrete, enough to fill more than 450 double decker buses. The concrete is made from 50,000 tonnes of aggregates and a similar quantity of sand, and supplied to ScottishPower's Whitelee Wind Farm for the construction of 140 turbines.
Concrete for ancillary works to a small section of the farm is being supplied by helicopter because of this area's remote location. CEMEX UK's East Kilbride plant has delivered several hundred cubic metres of ready-mixed concrete for ancillary works.
From April, concrete for turbine bases will be made on-site using a mobile concrete plant that will be installed at Eaglesham Moor. Whitelee Wind Farm covers a 55 square kilometre area and will be three times the size of the UK's current biggest on-shore windfarm at Blacklaw in Lanarkshire.
Once fully operational in 2009, it is expected to generate 322 megawatts of electricity, enough power for 200,000 homes and satisfying more than two percent of Scotland's electricity needs in a typical year.
Notes to editors:
CEMEX is a global building solutions company and leading supplier of cement, ready-mixed concrete and aggregates. In the UK, CEMEX also has a significant share of the asphalt, concrete block and mortar markets. The company has a national supply network in the UK with over 500 locations, to ensure that quality building materials are available to customers locally.
For more information, see www.cemex.co.uk or www.cemex.com