Press release | 2012-02-28 | 11:00 AM

Renewable energy firm helps secure green collar jobs

Vattenfall, the leading European energy company, has secured hundreds of UK jobs with orders for a wind farm in England.

The contracts with Chepstow-based Mabey Bridge for wind turbine steel towers and Ruthin and Swansea based civil engineering firm Jones Bros will help to secure more than 200 jobs in the coming months.

Jones Bros has already started ground work for the 11-turbine Swinford wind farm in Leicestershire and will be working on site until the end of the year. The project’s first steel tower is being prepared by Mabey Bridge. The steel towers, contracted by wind turbine manufacturer Vestas, are a component of the Vestas V90 2MW wind turbine.

Vattenfall, which is developing a number of wind farms across the UK, said it and its contractors, are delivering on its promise to work with UK business wherever possible and support the developing supply chain.

Piers Guy, Vattenfall’s Head of Onshore Wind Development in the UK, said: “The UK is developing a renewable energy supply chain which is creating and retaining thousands of jobs across many sectors. The growth potential for companies working in the sector over the long term is significant, as Mabey Bridge and Jones Bros are already demonstrating.

“We are delighted that the turbine towers for one of Vattenfall’s projects will be “made in Wales” for the first time. The establishment of a turbine tower manufacturing facility has been a major boost to the industry in the UK, making it possible for us to deliver further opportunities to the economy from our investment. We are equally delighted that Jones Bros has been awarded the important civil engineering contract.”

He concluded: “We are committed to continuing our work with companies in the UK to ensure that we maximise the value and benefit of our investment to the UK economy.”

Alex Smale, Mabey’ Bridge’s UK Director, said:

“We are genuinely delighted to have secured the contract for supplying the towers for this major project. Since we first began working to open a tower manufacturing facility in south Wales, Vattenfall has been very proactive in supporting us to establish ourselves in the industry.

“Working with companies such as Vattenfall can really help to develop an even bigger renewable energy supply chain here in Wales which will help deliver economic benefits across the board.”

Eryl Roberts, Project Construction Manager at Jones Bros, which has been involved in a number of wind farm construction projects, said: “We’re naturally delighted to be on board with Vattenfall’s Swinford Wind Farm. Jones Bros has an experienced team with the necessary skills and expertise to ensure the project is developed responsibly and with consideration for the local area.

”Our success also demonstrates the skills and knowledge base that is being developed here in Wales in support of the expanding renewable energy sector.”

Welsh Minister for Environment and Sustainable Development, John Griffiths added:

"I am delighted that Welsh companies such as Mabey Bridge and Jones Bros are proving their ability to compete for, and win lucrative multi million contracts within the renewable energy sector. This is great news for Wales, particularly when such contracts are resulting in well paid and skilled Welsh jobs, and I congratulate both companies on their success.

"The Welsh Government remains committed to working closely with Welsh businesses within the sector to ensure they are well placed to reap the many benefits associated with the move to renewable energy and that in turn, those benefits are felt by people and communities throughout Wales."

Vattenfall, following the integration of Nuon Renewables earlier this year, is now one of the UK’s leading wind farm developers. Through Pen y Cymoedd alone, the value of its proposed investment to the Welsh economy is worth around £1bn over the next 25 years.

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About Vattenfall
Vattenfall is a leading European energy company and is Europe's sixth largest generator of electricity and the continent's largest producer of heat. Vattenfall currently operates 526MW of onshore wind capacity and 688MW of offshore wind across northern Europe, including the

UK's Thanet Offshore Wind Farm, until recently the world's largest operating offshore wind farm.

About Mabey Bridge
Mabey Bridge is a specialist supplier of modular steel bridging, highway bridges, railway bridges and other heavy plated steelwork. The company is part of the Mabey Group, a private family-owned group of companies with a turnover of £100 million and almost 1,000 employees.

Mabey Bridge has a turnover of £70m and 500 employees. Based in Chepstow, South Wales, the company's history can be traced back to the construction of Brunel's Wye railway bridge in 1849.

With the opening of its new £38m facility in May 2011, Mabey Bridge has transferred 162 years of bridge building expertise into the manufacture of wind turbine towers. The £38m investment has been fully-funded by the Mabey Group, without bank borrowing

At full capacity the factory can produce 300 towers per annum using the latest techniques including computer-controlled cutting and rolling, robotic welding, steel blasting up to the highest quality and an automated painting facility.