Worker dies at ScottishPower’s Kilgallioch wind farm

A man contracted by Spanish OEM Gamesa has plunged to his death while working on the under-construction 239MW Kilgallioch wind farm in Scotland.

The accident took place late on Wednesday at the Scottish Power Renewables-owned complex, located on the border between Dumfries and Galloway and South Ayrshire.

It is understood the technician fell inside the turbine and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The site had been shut for investigations, Scottish Police has said, and the Health and Safety Executive have been informed. A report will be filed with the procurator fiscal, investigators said.

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"Gamesa is conducting a thorough investigation together with the authorities to establish the root cause of this fatal accident,” the company said. "Work at the wind farm has been stopped while the investigation takes place.”

ScottishPower added: "A full investigation is now under way by the police and the Health and Safety Executive.”

"ScottishPower will support and co-operate fully with these investigations.”

Gamesa supplied its G114-2.5 MW turbine for the complex, which comprises 96 machines. The company is also due to provide O&M for five years at Kilgallioch under the terms of the 2016-contract, signed with ScottishPower, a subsidiary of Spanish major Iberdrola.

Turbine delivery started in February 2016 and the wind farm is due for completion in the first quarter of this year.

Industry sources said the turbine deal is believed to be worth in excess of £100m ($152.7m).


Once completed, Kilgallioch will be ScottishPower’s second-largest UK wind farm, the company previously said.

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