Work starts in final region at Pen y Cymoedd wind energy project21st May 2015

The joint venture behind Vattenfall’s Pen y Cymoedd £46 million wind energy project has started work in the final phase of England and Wales’ largest on-shore wind farm that will generate enough electricity to power 140,000 homes.

Jones Bros and Balfour Beatty have completed 42 of the wind farm’s 76 turbine bases since starting work on the project in February 2014.

Over the course of the work more than 50,000m³ of concrete and 6,000 tonnes of reinforcement will be used to construct the 76 turbine bases and crane pads. The Pen y Cymoedd site also requires the construction of around 80km of access tracks, as well as 80km of cabling.

Eryl Roberts, Project Manager for the Jones Bros and Balfour Beatty joint venture, said: “Work is progressing really well and the weather has been very good, which is helping to keep us on schedule.

“A lot of preparatory work has been taking place in order to ready the next batch of bases for concreting.

“We have currently completed 42 of the 76 turbine bases and have now resumed concreting work after the scheduled break during the winter months. The team is looking forward to seeing this number increase over the coming weeks.

“Focus is now turning to the western region, the final of four geographical areas that the project is divided into.  Work has begun on upgrading the track into that region to allow for our plant to access the area.”