Press release | 2013-10-21 | 13:32 PM

Vattenfall announces £100m plus contract wins to Wales

More than 350 jobs supported in Wales over next two years.

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 win also demonstrates how Welsh companies can compete for major renewable contracts elsewhere in the UK.”
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.”

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 materials.

“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.”

Vattenfall has held a number of supply chain events for its own contracts, and also for likely sub-contracts by its principal contractors, working closely local authorities. 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.

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