Wind farm blows boost into Wales


Wind farm blows boost into Wales

Swedish government owned wind energy operator Vattenfall has awarded contracts worth £100M to Wales based companies for construction, civil and electrical works for its flagship 76 turbine Pen y Cymoedd project.


Joint venture partnership Jones Bros Civil Engineering UK of Ruthin and the Wales Division of Balfour Beatty Construction have been contracted to deliver construction and civil and electrical works for the wind farm project. ABB, working with Balfour Beatty, has been awarded a contract to deliver the grid infrastructure.


Separately, Chepstow based Mabey Bridge has also been awarded a contract to supply 18 turbine towers for Vattenfall's Clashindarroch wind farm in north east Scotland.


Vattenfall's head of onshore wind Piers Guy said: “These large contracts show that the Welsh workforce has the skills and capabilities to work on large onshore wind energy projects in Wales and beyond.”


Jones Bros/ Balfour Beatty Joint Venture spokesman Huw Jones said: “We are thrilled that Vattenfall has selected a Welsh joint venture for this prestigious contract. We will be drawing on our pool of Welsh engineers and labour to deliver the project, as well as creating new jobs and a skills legacy for the region.”


Stephen Trotter, Division Head of ABB Power Systems UK, said the company was aiming to source the vast majority of its manpower requirements for delivery of the project locally. “Balfour Beatty will also be sourcing the workforce from the local area,” he added.


Vattenfall has been developing, building and operating wind farms in the UK since late 2008, with a total investment in six wind farms to date of over £2.5bn. Several other UK sites are being considered for wind farm developments generating up to over 170MW, such as the £190M South Kyle wind farm in south west Scotland for which planning approval is being sought.


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