We caught up with Eryl Roberts, Project Manager for the Jones Bros / Balfour Beatty Joint Venture about what is currently going on up onsite at Pen y Cymoedd.
“We’ve been onsite for a few weeks now and construction work on the is progressing according to schedule. We are working to deliver the infrastructure and the balance of plant civils on the project. This includes the wind farm’s turbine bases, access tracks and site infrastructure.
To date we have established the central east welfare compound, from which the duration of the project will be based. The welfare compound provides office and canteen facilities for the site workers.
Work has also begun on the construction and improvement of the project’s site tracks. So far, 14 kilometres of existing site tracks have been upgraded, as well as a further 4km of new track being constructed. Around 80km of access tracks will be built or upgraded on the site, which will allow safe access to the project’s 76 wind turbines for the next 25 years.
Construction work is currently under way on the project’s crane pad hard standings, which provide a safe, even working surface for cranes to install the wind turbines at a later date. Seven crane pads have been completed so far, whilst the turbine foundation excavations have also been completed in seven locations.
Foundations for the on-site concrete batching plant have been completed, and the batching plant itself is now being assembled.
Work on the first turbine base is due to begin this month, and work on 30 of the project’s 76 turbine locations should be under way over the next six months. Job adverts have also been placed for qualified plant operators, technical engineers and concrete batchers to assist with the ongoing development of the project.
I’ll be in touch again soon with another update! In the meantime if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us.”