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Geotextile props up whisky business


THE TEAM building the 11km access road to the hilltop windfarm site at Beinn Tharsuinn in Easter Ross, Caithness have to be extremely careful not to pollute water from peat bogs. It is destined for several Scottish whisky distilleries.

Morrison Construction Services is building access roads, turbine foundations, site buildings and ancillary works for Scottish Power's £25M, 17 turbine facility. This is due to come on stream this year, supplying 18,000 homes.

Access to the site crosses extremely soft and waterlogged peat. Geotextile is being laid before up to 2m of locally-sourced aggregate is placed to form the 4m wide road.

Work is being carried out by A&M MacGregor Plant Hire for Morrison, using a New Holland E265 hydraulic excavator.

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