Jones Bros wins Wylfa ‘Energy Island’ contract23rd Feb 2011

NORTH Wales civil engineering firm Jones Bros is carrying out landscaping and access work at the site of the existing Wylfa nuclear power station on Anglesey.

The £400,000 contract with Magnox Ltd involves block paving work and the re-alignment of the road leading up to the site, including the creation of a new roundabout.

It is the first contract Jones Bros has won in the nuclear sector, though the firm has considerable experience working in other parts of the energy industry.

In particular, it operates nationwide as a provider of infrastructure for wind farms, where it is regarded as one of the UK’s leading contractors.

Last year the family-owned firm, which has its national headquarters in Ruthin, Denbighshire, completed infrastructure at the Crystal Rig II wind farm in the Scottish borders – one of the largest in the UK.

Jones Bros has constructed onshore infrastructure for RWE npower’s Gwynt y Mor, one of the largest offshore wind farms in the world. It also carried out land remediation works for RWE npower’s coal-fired power station at Aberthaw, South Wales.

Project manager Garod Evans said: “We’re pleased to be carrying out our first job for Magnox. This adds to our portfolio of clients in the energy sector. It’s also good to be carrying out work locally in North Wales, helping to boost the local economy.”

Wylfa was announced last year as one of the government’s preferred locations for a new generation of nuclear power stations.

If given the go-ahead, a plant would be built close to the existing Wylfa station, due to be decommissioned in 2012.