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UK Tower supplier proves UK suppliers can stack up

Good news for Wales this week as a new contract for wind turbines was awarded to the renewable based engineering firm, Maby Bridge.

The contract from German company Nordex is for building 35 wind turbine towers for wind farm sites across the UK. The turbines will be built in Mabey’s purpose built £38M wind turbine factory in Chepstow where a further 45 skilled workers will be employed, together with 50 staff brought in from the company’s bridge building factory, making the total number of staff working on this contract 1709. The factoring will be working around the clock to deliver the wind turbine towers and work will begin mid February.

The 35 wind turbine towers being built by Mabey Bridge have a combined power output of 42MW, enough to power over 25,000 homes. Each turbine weighs 120 tonnes and is be between 213 an 220 feet high. The turbines will be delivered to wind farm sites across the UK including the nearby Pent y Wal scheme in the Rhondda in Wales. This makes it the first time wind turbine towers made in South Wales are being used in Wales. The remaining towers will be installed at Baillie and Statkraft on the north coast of Scotland in June.

The Minister of State for Energy, Charles Hendry, said, ‘I congratulate Mabey Bridge on winning this multi-million pound contract to provide turbine towers in Wales and in Scotland. This company’s success story is one I want to see replicated up and down the UK.

‘In a week where our installed wind capacity has passed the six gigawatt mark, this is yet more evidence that the UK is a leading place to do business in renewable energy.’

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