Vattenfall awards Welsh contracts

Vattenfall has announced two multi-million-pound contracts for work on its 228MW Pen y Cymoedd wind farm in south Wales.

News of the orders for two Welsh companies coincides with the laying of the first foundations for the 76 Siemens 3MW turbines.

Wrexham-based Prysmian Cables & Systems will produce the cables to interconnect the two high-voltage substations that principal contractor ABB is building to link the wind farm to the National Grid.

Neath-based Express Reinforcements has been subcontracted by the 50:50 joint venture between Jones Brothers and Balfour Beatty to work on the turbine bases.

“This onshore wind project will be the largest in England and Wales and will send a clear signal about this government’s commitment to the industry ,” says UK energy and climate change secretary Ed Davey.

“Businesses in Wales have already received contracts worth £45m [$76m] over the last year for the... project, and Vattenfall are committed to recruiting as many local people as possible.”

Pen y Cymoedd is due to be operational in 2016-17.