CIVIL engineering firm Jones Bros has made a flying start to 2012 by securing three wind farm contracts worth £8.6m in total.
The Ruthin-based company is to build the infrastructure for the Sixpenny Wood wind farm in East Yorkshire and Pentland Road wind farm in the Outer Hebrides.
Family-owned Jones Bros has also been awarded a contract to develop infrastructure at Leicestershire’s largest wind energy project, near Swinford.
Once operational, the three wind farms have the potential to generate enough electricity to power a total of 36,000 homes between them.
Financing for the 20.5-megawatt (MW) Sixpenny Wood facility has been completed and construction is expected to start in February. Jones Bros’ contract is worth £3.6m.
The 10-turbine wind farm is expected to be brought into full commercial operation in February 2013.
Work on the six-turbine Pentland Road facility, on the Isle of Lewis off Scotland’s west coast, is due to get under way in early spring.
Once complete it will have a potential maximum generating capacity of 18MW. The project should be fully commissioned in January 2013, with Jones Bros earning £1.5m for carrying out infrastructure work.
The first phases of construction work on the 11-turbine Swinford Wind Energy Project is already under way.
The turbines are being supplied by Vestas, and the project is set to begin generating green energy by the autumn. Jones Bros’ contract is worth £3.5m.
Jones Bros has used its expertise in renewable energy infrastructure to build a reputation as one of the UK’s main balance of plant providers for wind farms.
Contracts director John Dielhof said: “We are thrilled to be working on these three projects, which will create green energy and provide an economic boost to the respective areas.
“Our reputation in the renewable energy sector continues to grow, and these three contracts demonstrate our versatility and geographical reach across the UK.”
He added: “As always, with each of these three projects we will be looking to work with the community and maximise opportunities for locally-based suppliers.”
As well as managing complex logistics for wind energy projects, Jones Bros provides infrastructure for nuclear, gas and coal generation.
Founded in the 1950s, the firm currently employs 270 people, and has regional offices in Swansea, Oxfordshire, Inverness and Linlithgow near Falkirk.