The Durham-headquartered firm's renewable energy arm, Banks Renewables, has been working with Glasgow Airport and air traffic services company NATS to trial a new radar system at the Airport that would ease the impacts of the Kype Muir Wind Farm near Strathaven in South Lanarkshire.
After successfully completing the trial, Glasgow Airport has confirmed it will install the new radar system, in advance of the operation of the Kype Muir wind farm.
The radar system is due to be operational in 2018, with NATS also securing the contract to operate and maintain the service for the wind farm's 25-year lifespan.
Construction work on the wind farm will begin early in the new year, and it is expected to be fully commissioned in early 2019.
Due to their height and movement patterns, wind turbines may be detected by Primary Surveillance Radar (PSR) and appear on air traffic control screens.
Ross Nimmo, head of planning and development at Glasgow Airport, says: "We have been working for over three years to develop this wind turbine mitigation solution in what is a very complex and safety critical environment.
"We are pleased to have reached such a significant milestone and look forward to continue working with NATS and Banks Renewables to deliver the mitigation."
Iain Harris, NATS engineering services director, said: "By working with Banks Renewables and Glasgow Airport, we’ve been able to agree a solution that provides both the safe and reliable radar service that the airport needs and allows the development to go ahead."
Andrew Liddell, technical director at Banks Renewables, says: "It has been a very positive experience working with the thorough, measured and professional Glasgow Airport team, and both the Airport and NATS have been very proactive with this important project.
"All our wind farms are designed to bring a range of tangible economic, employment, social and supply chain benefits to their respective local areas, and we firmly believe they have a central role to play in the UK’s future energy mix, as well as in generating more of the energy that we all use via renewable means."
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