Tirgwynt wind farm development now live25th Apr 2016

A 12-turbine wind farm near Carno, in Powys, is now 50 per cent live with completion on schedule for December this year.

Family firm Jones Bros Civil Engineering UK is now carrying out reinstatement work at Tirgwynt after the last base was cast and the final turbine was erected two weeks later at the end of September 2016.

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 full commercial export of electricity at the start of 2017.

The Ruthin-based civil engineering firm also built the substation on-site, which went live during the first week of October and carried out associated electrical connections work as part of the £10m contract.

Jones Bros regional manager, Hefin Lloyd-Davies, said: “This project has gone very well, despite some challenging weather conditions that we had to contend with.

“Our work on the project also included highway widening and creation of new passing places in the area surrounding the development, which will benefit residents and has improved the local roads.

“The complete project, which has taken 12 months of construction, is a complete team effort to deliver. From client Wind Prospects, Powys County Council through to the North and Mid Wales Trunk Road Agency we have all engaged very well to deliver this project safely and on time.”

The wind farm will produce 24.6MW of energy, enough electricity to power more than 13,000 homes.

It will save 25,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide a year, helping to tackle climate change by making an important contribution to local and national carbon reduction targets. It also includes a community benefit fund of almost £50,000 a year, index-linked, for the life of the wind farm, for local projects bringing environmental and social benefits to the area.

Founded in the 1950s and employing almost 350 people, Jones Bros has grown significantly 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.