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Vattenfall thinks Welsh for wind work

22 Oct 13 Swedish energy firm Vattenfall has awarded more than £100m-worth of contracts to Welsh companies for its wind farm projects.

A 50:50 joint venture of Jones Bros Civil Engineering UK of Ruthin and the Wales division of Balfour Beatty Construction Services UK will deliver the construction civil and electrical works for Vattenfall’s flagship 76 turbine Pen y Cymoedd project.

ABB, working with Balfour Beatty in Wales, will provide the grid infrastructure.

Chepstow’s Mabey Bridge has been awarded a contract to supply 18 turbine towers for Vattenfall’s Clashindarroch wind farm in northeast Scotland.

Vattenfall director of onshore wind Piers Guy said: “We have made clear from day one that we will maximise the opportunities for Welsh companies through Pen y Cymoedd. Vattenfall is delighted to see some of the largest private sector employers in Wales in the lead, sharing our commitment to maximise opportunities for the local economy through the project. As they finalise their supply chain, it’s clear that there will be more good news for Wales in the coming months.”

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He added: “The Mabey Bridge contract win also demonstrates how Welsh companies can compete for major renewable contracts elsewhere in the UK.”

Speaking for the Jones Bros/ Balfour Beatty joint venture, 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.”

Mark Coia, Managing Director of Mabey Bridge Energy and Marine, said: “Securing this wind turbine tower order for Vattenfall is great news for our team. Our significant investment in wind energy technology demonstrates we are committed to the renewables industry and the development of Welsh jobs within the sector for the long term, and this new contract further helps to maintain and develop skilled positions for the 260-strong workforce at our manufacturing facilities in Chepstow.”

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