Belfast Telegraph

Dunmurry company is flying high thanks to new windfarm contracts

Construction company Northstone has won contracts worth over £20m at two onshore windfarms in Scotland.

Northstone, which is based in Dunmurry, will carry out infrastructure works, including building access roads, cable works and turbine foundations, for ScottishPower Renewables.

The work will be carried out at Harestanes windfarm in Dumfries and Galloway and Middleton windfarm in East Renfrewshire.

Northstone is also the main contractor on a £50m contract for a new terminal for building off-shore wind turbines at Belfast Harbour - a 50-acre facility that will support the building of the West of Duddon Stands offshore windfarm, a joint venture between ScottishPower Renewables and DONG Energy. ScottishPower Renewables chief executive Keith Anderson said: "Belfast Harbour is an excellent example of the wider economic benefits that can be created through the growth of offshore wind power.

"Beyond the West of Duddon Sands project that we are developing with DONG Energy, the facility that is being developed in Belfast will be able to support many more projects in the future and sustain many hundreds of jobs.

"Onshore wind projects will remain a very significant part of the energy mix. We anticipate that the two (onshore) projects will support more than 150 jobs in the UK renewables sector."

Mr Anderson met Charles Hendry MP, Minister for Energy and Climate Change, at Belfast Harbour last week to discuss investment in the UK's offshore wind power sector.

Northstone employs around 900 people and is a subsidiary of Cement Roadstone Holdings (CRH), Ireland's biggest trading company. The subsidiary enjoyed a turnover of £285m in its latest accounts.