Vattenfall announces £100m plus contract wins to Wales
More than 350 jobs supported in Wales over next two
Vattenfall has announced contract
wins for Wales worth more than £100million, which will support more
than 350 Welsh jobs over the next two years.
Jones Bros Civil Engineering UK of Ruthin and the Wales Division
of Balfour Beatty Construction Services UK, a 50:50 joint venture
partnership, will be contracted to deliver the construction civil
and electrical works for Vattenfall’s flagship 76 turbine Pen y
Cymoedd project. While ABB, working with Balfour Beatty in Wales
will be delivering the grid infrastructure for Vattenfall.
Chepstow’s Mabey Bridge has also been
awarded a contract to supply 18 turbine towers for Vattenfall’s
Clashindarroch Wind Farm in North East Scotland.
Piers Guy, Vattenfall’s director of onshore
wind, said: “These large contracts show that the Welsh
workforce has the skills and capabilities to work on large onshore
wind energy projects in Wales and beyond.
“We have made
clear from day one that we will maximise the opportunities for
Welsh companies through Pen y Cymoedd. Vattenfall is delighted to
see some of the largest private sector employers in Wales in the
lead, sharing our commitment to maximise opportunities for the
local economy through the project. As they finalise their supply
chain, it’s clear that there will be more good news for Wales in
the coming months.
“The Mabey Bridge contract
winalso demonstrates how Welsh companies can compete for
major renewable contracts elsewhere in the UK.”
Huw Jones, who is a spokesperson on behalf of
the Jones Bros/ Balfour Beatty Joint Venture, said: “We are
thrilled that Vattenfall has selected a Welsh joint venture for
this prestigious contract.
“We will be drawing on our pool of Welsh engineers and labour
to deliver the project, as well as creating new jobs and a skills
legacy for the region.”
Mark Coia, Managing Director of Mabey Bridge
Energy and Marine, said: “Securing this wind turbine tower
order for Vattenfall is great news for our team.
“Our significant investment in
wind energy technology demonstrates we are committed to the
renewables industry and the development of Welsh jobs within the
sector for the long term, and this new contract further helps to
maintain and develop skilled positions for the 260-strong workforce
at our manufacturing facilities in Chepstow.”
Stephen Trotter - Division Head of ABB Power
Systems UK said: “ABB, working with Balfour Beatty in South
Wales, is delighted to have been awarded this contract and are
fully committed to helping Vattenfall achieve the maximum possible
benefit in terms of both local manpower and locally sourced
“Specifically, we are aiming to source the
vast majority of our manpower requirements for delivery of the
project locally, and will be utilising ABB's supply chain
specialists to ensure we meet this objective. Balfour Beatty will
also be sourcing the workforce from the local area.”
Welcoming the news Economy Minister Edwina Hart said: “I am
delighted the Welsh Government is working closely with Vattenfall
to give Welsh suppliers the very best opportunity to bid for and
win new business.
“The two day Meet the Buyer event, funded by the Welsh
Government, was a great success and enabled Welsh businesses
to form strategic links and supply chain arrangements with
the lead bidders. The strategy is obviously working well
with the great news announced today that will support a significant
number of jobs around Wales”.
“I am pleased to say we continue to work with Vattenfall,
the local authorities and other agencies to co-ordinate support to
the winning bidders and their local Welsh supply base.”
Vattenfall has held a number of supply chain
events for its own contracts, working closely with the local
authorities and Welsh Government, and also for likely sub-contracts
by its principal contractors. More than 600 large and small
businesses registered an interest in working with Vattenfall, via a
number of events held in Wales to help ensure that opportunities
are open to all.
The Pen y Cymoedd project was recently awarded
the RenewableUK Cymru Green Award for Supply Chain Development,
demonstrating its commitment and innovative methods in developing a
strong supply chain in Wales.