Big wind turbine deal for Chepstow manufacturer

The towers are up to 80-metres long and made of weigh 138 tonnes Credit: Mabey Bridge

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.

The 53 towers will be erected at windfarms in Cumbria, Derbyshire, Yorkshire and France.

Four turbine towers made by Mabey Bridge are at Marr Wind Farm in South Yorkshire Credit: Mabey Bridge

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.