A South Wales wind turbine tower manufacturer has secured a multi-million pound deal to build 53 new towers.
Mabey Bridge, which is based in Chepstow and employs 500 people, will supply the towers for REpower, one of the world leading manufacturers of wind turbines. It's already supplied nine towers for the company.
This deal sees Mabey Bridge break the 150 barrier in terms of tower orders placed since the facility opened last May. The company says it's now operating 24 hours a day, and has 190 members of staff at its manufacturing plant.
As REpower's preferred supplier in the UK, we are delighted that they have had the confidence to place another large order with Mabey Bridge and obviously chuffed to bits that this has seen us pass the 150-tower mark in just 12 months. Fewer than 250 towers were installed onshore in the UK in 2011 so from a standing start we're pretty pleased with how things are going.
The 53 towers will be erected at windfarms in Cumbria, Derbyshire, Yorkshire and France.
I congratulate Mabey Bridge on winning this contract to make turbine towers for sites across the country, and for export. This really is a great British success story and an excellent example of the economic growth and jobs benefits that wind energy can bring to British businesses.
Work has already started on the towers, which are up to 80-metres long and made of 138 tonnes of tubular steel. The project is due to be completed by Christmas 2012.