Site update from Pen y Cymoedd Wind Farm, south Wales8th Oct 2014

The joint venture behind Vattenfall’s Pen y Cymoedd wind energy project has been hard at work over the last few months constructing England and Wales’ largest on-shore wind farm.

Civil engineering firms Jones Bros and Balfour Beatty have completed 24 of the wind farm’s 76 turbine bases since starting work on the project in February.

Eryl Roberts, project manager for the Jones Bros and Balfour Beatty joint venture, said: “We’ve made good progress over the last few months, and it’s great to see the number of completed bases increase.

“We’ve substantially completed the tracks and crane hard standings to 36 locations and poured the concrete foundation at 31 locations. So far, we have constructed 11km of new site tracks, and upgraded a further 28km, allowing us to travel across the site safely.

“We also recently started work in the eastern region as well – one of four areas that the work site is divided up into. This includes constructing another site entrance off the A4061. The eastern region will have 18 turbines in total.

“Cabling work will start next week, which will connect each of the turbine bases up to the site substation, where electricity generated by the turbines will be converted for domestic use.”

Vattenfall’s Pen y Cymoedd Wind Energy Project will be the largest onshore wind farm in England and Wales, generating enough electricity to power 140,000 homes.

The joint venture’s work is due be completed in August 2015, with the overall Pen y Cymoedd project scheduled for completion in Spring 2017.