Civils team shifts focus to southern region of Tirgwynt wind farm development3rd Apr 2016

The civil engineering team at a 12-turbine wind farm near Carno, in Powys, have turned their attention to the south side of the site after completing five turbine bases in the north ahead of schedule.

Ruthin-based Jones Bros Civil Engineering UK had a deadline of completing four bases at Tirgwynt by the end of February, before seasonal on-site restrictions due to local bird breeding.

The leading civil engineering firm will now construct the remaining tracks in the south and build four more bases by the middle of May, with on-site cabling work scheduled to finish by the end of July.

The firm will finish the final three remaining bases in the northern region when restrictions are lifted in August.

Jones Bros is the principal balance of plant contractor for the project on behalf of client Awel Newydd Cyf. Wind Prospect is project managing the construction phase of the wind farm, which is expected to begin generating electricity at the start of 2017.

The civil engineering firm is also building the substation on-site and carrying out associated electrical connections work as part of the £10m contract. Surrounding A, B and C roads will also be upgraded to aid turbine deliveries.

Jones Bros regional manager, Hefin Lloyd-Davies, said: “We had a strict deadline to be out of the northern half due to the restrictions by February.

“As well as meeting that deadline, we managed to complete an extra turbine base, which will help us stay ahead of schedule when work re-starts in the area in August.

“Our efforts will now focus on the south side of the wind farm as we look ahead to turbine deliveries starting in August.”

The wind farm will produce 24.6MW of energy, enough electricity to power more than 16,000 homes.

Founded in the 1950s and employing almost 350 people, Jones Bros has grown rapidly in the last decade. It is currently working on contracts in various sectors including the construction of waste management facilities, highways, flood and marine defence and renewable energy projects around the UK.