Contractors building Seagreen Wind Farm donate recycled cable drums to local schools

December 19, 2022

Pupils at Tealing and Murroes Primary schools were delighted to receive recycled cable drums, thanks to companies involved in the construction of the Seagreen Offshore Wind Farm.

As part of the delivery of the offshore wind project, Seagreen Wind Energy Limited and contractors Petrofac and Linxon are building a substation at Tealing which will connect the £3bn wind farm to the national grid.

The recycled drums have been donated and painted in various colours including the purple colour which represents Tealing primary school, by contractors Petrofac and Linxon.

In addition to the cable drum donations, Seagreen Stakeholder Engagement Manager, Pauline Allison visited both schools and provided interactive sessions with the students which explored climate change and explained the onshore and offshore construction process of Seagreen Wind Farm.

Pauline Allison, said:

“When we contacted the schools to see if they would be able to make use of some of our old cable drums they were pleased and felt that they could be a really interesting addition for the playgrounds. With around ten being donated to Tealing and seven to Murroes the pupils have been coming up with ideas on what they can do with them and where they can be located within the school grounds.

“With the support from our contractors Nexans, Petrofac and Linxon, we are always eager to support local communities in the surrounding areas of Seagreen Wind Farm. We recently donated trees to Tealing primary school and hosted interactive sessions with Murroes and Tealing pupils about climate change and the construction of Seagreen Wind Farm. We continue to be committed to giving back to the community and encouraging STEM education in schools.”

Mark McAndrew, Petrofac, said:

“With Seagreen we’ve been helping to build new and clean energy for the UK but we know we’ll need lots more bright minds in the future to keep our sources of renewable energy flowing. Therefore, it’s been great getting involved with the local school children, encouraging their creativity and interest in how their lives are powered both now, and when they might be working on energy projects themselves.”

Scott Crowe, Linxon, said:

“Finding ways to repurpose and reuse materials sets a great example for both children and adults alike. We’re always happy to find win-win solutions for the project, the local community, and the environment. In recycling the cable drums, we hope they provide a fun and tangible example of sustainable building practices.”

Within the £400,000 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) fund, focused on supporting STEM-based skills development in Dundee and Angus, the Seagreen project has recently supported the creation of the new Skills for Future Lab at Arbroath with Dundee and Angus College. A virtual education programme was also delivered which gave over 3,000 children in Dundee and Angus the opportunity to learn about STEM.

When complete, the 1.1GW Seagreen Offshore Wind Farm – a joint venture between SSE Renewables and TotalEnergies – will be Scotland’s single largest source of renewable energy, providing a significant contribution to Scotland’s net-zero ambition.