A Welsh civil engineering firm says it is “extremely optimistic” about its future in Scotland after landing a clutch of new contracts.
Jones Bros has added to its renewable energy portfolio by winning a contract at Taynuilt in Argyll and Bute, its first hydropower job in Scotland, and has been appointed principal contractor for an extension to the Mid Hill wind farm at Stonehaven.
At the Allt Gruiniche project in Taynuilt, engineers will install HDPE pipes to take flowing water from a river and transfer it to a pumping station that will also be built by the company. The project is being carried out for client Angus Douglas and the electricity generated will be fed into the National Grid.
In Stonehaven, construction is under way on an eight-turbine extension to bring the total at Mid Hill to 33. The contract for Fred Olsen Renewables will see Jones install the balance of plant and will include delivery of site tracks, crane pads and the turbine bases, as well as on-site infrastructure. The bases will be completed later in the year and the eight Siemens 2.3MW turbines will bring total capacity to 76 MW.
Elsewhere, other new contracts include a community wind farm at Srondoire, Argyll and creation of a landfill site near Wick.
Mike O’Connor, regional manager for Jones Bros Civil Engineering UK in Scotland, said: “We are delighted to be undertaking our first hydropower project in Scotland. This is a significant development for us and we are hopeful it will lead to further similar projects.
“Having won several new contracts in Scotland including wind farms and the development of a landfill site, and as we wait for news on other projects in the pipeline, we are feeling extremely optimistic about the future having established a very firm footing in Scotland.”
Jones has two offices in Scotland – Linlithgow and Inverness – and its renewable energy CV includes the Crystal Rig 11 wind farm in the Borders, one of the biggest in the UK. Other successes have been wind farms near Aberdeen and at Lochluichart in the Highlands while a further wind project in Stornoway also called for construction of a landfill site.
♦ Founded in the 1950s and employing almost 350 people, Jones Bros has won contracts to provide infrastructure for more than 400 wind turbines across the UK. It is also involved in road building, quarrying, plant hire, surfacing and land remediation.
Article posted 20/8/2014