Contract worth £2.5m is largest ever for Forres engineering firm

A MORAY ENGINEERING and construction firm is celebrating after securing their largest ever contract for a multi-million pound wind farm.

AJ Engineering and Construction Services has been contracted to fabricate and install the structural steel and cladding for the Stronelairg Wind Farm substation – a deal that is worth around £2.5million.

Secured through Global Infrastructure, who have worked closely with the Forres-based firm on a number of contracts, fabrication of steelwork is now well under way with around a third having been erected on-site.

Graham Alexander, AJ Engineering’s general manager said: “The contract has a value of £2.5million and our element of the works are due for completion this summer.

“To date this is the largest single project AJ Engineering have ever been awarded. The main contract has been let to a joint venture of BAM Nuttall and Siemens and they in turn have let the building works to Global Infrastructure.

Graham Alexander

“We have carried out a number of contracts to date with both BAM Nuttall and Global Infrastructure and it was due to these previous successful projects that we are asked to undertake Stronelairg.

“Only through working closely with all the parties involved in a project like this can you understand what is critical to their works and together you can deliver to meet the client’s needs.”

Graham, who joined AJ Engineering in 2014, added: “The building has to be built over 2000ft above sea level in a very exposed location – so not only does this make construction more difficult, the weather plays a significant role in the movement of resources to the site.

“We take pride in providing our clients with engineered solutions and the logistics of meeting a tight schedule, in a difficult location, has meant we have had to think ‘outside the box’ on more than one occasion.”

The Stronelairg wind farm is a 66-turbine project located on the Garrogie Estate just south east of Fort Augustus.