Turbine bases at Brenig completed ahead of schedule9th Feb 2018

Snow and other wintry conditions have failed to slow work constructing infrastructure at Brenig wind farm.

Construction of the concrete foundations for the 16-turbine scheme, was finished two weeks ahead of the planned programme.

Now, the Jones Bros Civil Engineering UK workforce at the site is completing final preparations, ready for the first turbine components deliveries to start during February.

Brenig is the first wind farm to be built from scratch in the UK by Chinese developer, CGNEE.

Jones Bros, one of the UK’s leading wind farm balance of plant contractors, started work at the North Wales site in July 2017.

Earlier stages of the project, to construct access tracks and crane pads, and carry out earthworks for turbine foundations, were also completed early – one month ahead of schedule.

Each of the turbine foundations required 500 cubic metres of concrete and 48 tonnes of reinforcing steel.

Jones Bros is currently carrying out the on-site cabling works and are in the final stages of completing the on-site control building.

Turbine assemblies are due to start in May 2018 with turbine commissioning and site reinstatement due to be completed in September 2018.

Once operational, the 37.6MW development will have the capacity to power more than 25,000 UK homes.

The Jones Bros team were already familiar with the site before starting the CGNEE contract. Previously, the firm had been commissioned for early preparatory works to construct access roads in readiness for other contractors to harvest and export timber from the area to make way for the windfarm.

Jones Bros project manager, Eryl Roberts, said: “When you take on a scheme that needs most of the work completing over the winter months, there is a greater risk of delays due to bad weather. The team has done a great job to make so much progress and get ahead of schedule.”

CGN Energy Europe project manager, Romain Pelissier said: “By having the concrete works completed before Christmas and ahead of schedule definitely put our minds at ease. The professionalism of Jones Bros has paid-off.”