Jones Bros has begun work to construct Vattenfall’s Pen y Cymoedd Wind Energy Project in the upper Afan, Neath, Cynon and Rhondda Valleys has begun.
The first phase of construction, undertaken by Jones Bros as part of a 50:50 joint venture partnership with Balfour Beatty, will involve the installation of the infrastructure needed to operate the project, including underground electricity cables, turbine foundations, access tracks and an onsite control building.
Speaking on behalf of the joint venture Huw Jones, managing director of Jones Bros, said: “We are thrilled to see work get underway on the Pen y Cymoedd Wind Energy Project.
“This is an extremely important project for the South Wales Valleys, both in terms of the energy generated by the wind farm and the jobs created throughout the lifespan of the project.”
The 76-wind turbine development is expected to be fully operational by 2017.
Will Wason, project director for Vattenfall said: “This is an important project for all involved, and we are looking forward to getting started with the initial works to prepare the site for the turbines, which will arrive late in 2015.”
“There will be a lot of onsite activity during this initial phase phase of work, and health and safety is always the top priority. We ask that the public stick to public footpaths and trails at all times and strongly advise people to follow the signs that will be present on all rights of way and mountain bike trails.”
A newsletter has been sent to all homes in the area, and regular site users are being encouraged to visit the website and sign up for regular updates and important information. Noticeboards are also placed and key site entrances, with the latest information on activity onsite.
Throughout the development of the project Vattenfall has committed to working to maximise opportunities for local businesses as part of the supply chain. More than 100 Welsh jobs have already been supported during the pre construction phase.
All contractors working on the project have committed to supporting local jobs and creating a lasting skills legacy in the region. The joint venture has pledged to employ at least two-thirds of all plant operatives from within 35 miles of the wind farm.
Once operational, a community fund will be available to local communities which will provide up to £1.8m annually for the 25 year life of the project. Local people can get involved and contribute ideas through Power in the Valleys: http://powerinthevalleys.vattenfall.co.uk/