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Kintradwell, a 15-turbine wind farm near Brora, earmarked to deliver a significant boost to the local supply chain, was refused by Scottish Ministers in November 2023 following a public inquiry. The project, which is located approximately 8km north of Brora on Kintradwell Estate, went through a number of design changes and was scaled back from the original 22-turbine layout before being submitted into planning by RES in February 2021.

Charmaine O’Donnell, Senior Project Manager for RES, commented: “This is a huge disappointment, not only for RES but also the local supply chain that we’ve built such a good relationship with during the project's development. Our partnership with Brora-based contractor Edward Mackay, giving them right of first refusal on the civil construction work, would have helped secure valuable local jobs and employment opportunities in the local area. Additionally, Kintradwell was predicted to deliver around £4 million of economic benefit to the local area in the form of jobs, employment and use of local services during construction.”