Jones Bros featured in Renewable UK supply chain good practice guide5th Jan 2016

Jones Bros’ work on England and Wales’ largest onshore wind farm has been held up as an example to other contractors in a new industry guide.

The Jones Bros Balfour Beatty joint venture, which is delivering plant and infrastructure services for Vattenfall’s Pen y Cymoedd Wind Energy Project, features in in Renewable UK Cymru’s new supply chain best practice guide.

The Welsh Supply Chain Opportunities in Onshore Wind Good Practice Guide provides advice and guidance on how construction businesses in Wales can win work on wind energy projects.

The guide includes Jones Bros as an example of how to form a successful joint venture partnership, and features the supply chain opportunities provided to local businesses by the joint venture.

To date, more than 600 workers from 60 Welsh companies have contributed to the 76-turbine project, including many in contracts awarded by the joint venture.

It also includes a case study on Bridgend-based ground testing specialist Apex Solutions, which benefitted from a contract to supply drilling services on the project.

John Dielhof, managing director of Jones Bros, said: “It’s very pleasing that we’ve been included in Renewable UK Cymru’s first best practice guide.

“As a third-generation, family firm, we understand the contribution local suppliers can make to all of our projects across the UK, in particular when looking at the high quality of workmanship and service they can supply.”

Civil engineering works by the joint venture at Pen y Cymoedd are entering their final phase, with all turbine foundations and onsite access tracks complete.

David Clubb, director of RenewableUK Cymru, said: “We have produced this guide to showcase the extraordinarily diverse range of opportunities available to firms in Wales to get involved in the sector, whether they are well-established companies or new entrants.

“We recognise some companies may need a little help in finding out how they can get involved with the sector.

“We hope this guide will help to demystify things and highlight how local businesses can benefit significantly from the opportunities onshore wind presents.”

The supply chain guide can be read here.