Simec, part of Sanjeev Gupta’s GFG Alliance, has applied to build a £158 million wind farm at Glenshero.
The 168MW scheme, comprising 39 turbines located around eight kilometres north west of Laggan, is being developed on Simec’s behalf by RES.
GFG Alliance already operates a hydro power plant in Scotland linked to Liberty’s aluminium smelter at Fort William.
Both are part of GFG’s ’Greenmetal’ strategy to develop low-carbon power for industry. Under the Glenshero plans, steel for the wind-tower structures could also be rolled at GFG’s Liberty Dalzell plant in Motherwell and the towers possibly fabricated at a new neighbouring wind turbine manufacturing facility which the company hopes to set up.
The Glenshero project is also central to GFG Alliance’s vision to further develop the Lochaber estate lands, enhancing and expanding existing hydropower production as well as developing new recreational facilities.