- It is long term
- It is really flexible
- It has potential to attract additional ‘match’ funding
- It can be used to encourage creativity and innovation
In North Wales, innogy has now commenced the construction of Clocaenog Forest onshore wind farm. In total, 27 turbines will be erected within the working forest, managed by Natural Resources Wales and located near Denbigh. This site was specifically designated by the Welsh Assembly Government in its Technical Advice Note 8 as suitable for a large scale development of renewable energy. More information on this can be found here: TAN 8 website
Clocaenog Forest Wind Farm will have an installed capacity of up to 96 megawatts – enough renewable energy for the equivalent domestic needs of up to 63,8001 average UK households per year.
Clocaenog Forest Wind Farm is a potential £120 million renewable energy project and construction could present significant opportunities for the local supply chain.
We have engaged with local businesses through events like our supplier day and Business Breakfast in Llandudno’s Venue Cymru. We have hosted two Supply Chain Information events for local businesses to find out more about the potential opportunities. A copy of the slides from our latest event held in September 2017 can be downloaded from the “Useful documents” section below.
Working with our procurement teams we’ve encouraged North Wales companies to pre-qualify for our tender list, so they’re kept up to speed with opportunities as and when they emerge.
Once fully operational, the community investment fund of up to £768,0002 a year will also be made available, subject to the final installed capacity of the project.
|Project name||Clocaenog Forest Wind Farm|
|Location||Clocaenog Forest north Wales|
|Total height to tip of blade||145 metres to blade tip|
|Scheduled start of construction||2018|
|Mobilisation on site||Late Mar 2018|
|Turbine foundation pours||Commence Jul 2018|
|Turbine Component deliveries commence||Jan 2019|
|First turbine erection||Apr 2019|
|Main civil construction ends||Apr 2019|
Community Investment Fund
Clocaenog Forest Wind Farm will deliver a community investment fund of up to £768,000 per annum, index linked, that will become available once the wind farm is fully operational which is expected to be late 2019. This means a total investment of more than £19 million over the lifetime of the wind farm.
A consultation period was held for the fund, where a survey was made available giving local residents an opportunity to have their say on how the fund will operate. We were delighted to see how many local people engaged in the process. The consultation period has now closed and we have analysed the results. A summary of the results can be found here:
Clocaenog summary results [Welsh Version]
After careful consideration of the consultation results the area of benefit for the fund has been finalised. A map of which can viewed here: Clocaenog Community Fund Area of Benefit Map
A full explanation of the funding zones can be found in the results summary.
innogy has committed to appoint a fund administrator through an open procurement process. A tender brief can be found below, along with an Expression of Interest Form for organisations wishing to apply to administer the fund. The closing date for expressions of interest is the 7th June.
Clocaenog Forest Wind Farm Community Investment Fund Tender Brief [English Version]
Why is the Clocaenog Forest Wind Farm Community Investment Fund such an exciting opportunity?
What happens next?
Indicative Community Investment Fund Administrator Tender Timeline
Expression of interest closes 7th June Supplier Event TBA Request for quotation closes TBA Interviews TBA Administrator appointed Autumn
Clocaenog Construction Update
Turbine Foundation Pour (Welsh Language)
Turbine Foundation Pour
May 2019 Construction Update
We’ve reached a really exciting point in construction, with the erection of the turbines now underway. Each turbine measures 145 m from the base to the blade tip, with an individual blade 50.2 m in length. Over 100 turbine components have now been successfully delivered and further deliveries will continue in parallel with the turbines being lifted.
Elsewhere on site cable installation is approaching completion, these cables will then be terminated into the turbines ahead of turbine commissioning. The Scottish Power Energy Networks on-site substation is now energised and nearly all major structures are installed in the innogy substation.
The civil work is being carried out by Jones Bros a local firm based just 10 miles down the road in Ruthin with whom we placed a contract worth over £20 million with, delivering on our commitment to work with local companies wherever possible. I’m particularly pleased about the direct benefits of this contract in terms of supporting jobs in and around the local Ruthin and wider North Wales area.
Looking to the future, the first of the turbines should start generating electricity in June and additional turbines will be commissioned on an ongoing basis throughout the summer.
November Construction Update
Work continues to progress at pace on the Clocaenog Forest Wind Farm. We’re busy working on multiple fronts to complete the 96MW project, which once operational will be able to provide enough renewable energy for the equivalent domestic needs of up to 63,800 average UK households per year.
Currently 21 of the main foundation pours have taken place, an example of one in progress can be seen above. We’ve managed to keep traffic to site to as minimum a level as possible due to the extensive use of on-site borrow pits (quarries) and the use of our on-site concrete batching plant, which has meant that concrete deliveries have been kept away from public roads.
The site roads are nearing completion, with around 94% already finished. With these in place and the work on the foundations close to reaching their conclusion, the project is really starting to take shape. Work on the substation is progressing according to plan, with the control building now watertight (pictured above) and the two grid transformers due to be delivered later this month.
The on-site underground cabling is now underway at the north and south of site and we are getting set to reach a significant milestone in January next year when deliveries of the first wind turbine components begin. We will be providing specific details on these deliveries in the coming weeks.
The work on the wind farm is being carried out by local firm Jones Bros, a family business whose head office and training base is located in Ruthin, Denbighshire just ten miles from site. The circa £20 million contract has provided work for over 100 employees, plus 14 apprentices and trainee engineers, delivering on innogy’s promise to work with local firms where possible.
Working in tandem with Natural Resources Wales we have recently accommodated the Wales Rally GB and Evans Cycle North Wales events. Jones Bros have also received a 10/10 for protecting the Environment from the Considerate Constructors Scheme in relation to their work on the project. Numerous schools and community groups have also been given guided tours of the site and during construction work was re-programmed and diverted to avoid disturbance to nesting Goshawk who successfully fledged a chick (pictured above).
May Construction Update
We’ve established two construction compounds, one at the north of site and the other to the south, providing office and welfare facilities for all people working on site. Throughout construction we’ll continue to make every effort to ensure that the local environment is protected.
A programme of environmental walkovers are being undertaken ahead of all construction works to identify specific environmental risks at each works location and agree the mitigating measures that are required. Ecological walkovers are also being carried out to check for the presence of species ahead of any work, and to put mitigations in place where necessary. This has resulted in some exclusion zones being created for nesting birds.
We’re also taking steps to keep traffic disruption to as minimum a level as possible for the general public. With that in mind two onsite borrow pits have now been opened, one to the north of the site and the other to the south. Stone is being extracted from each to be used to construct the onsite roads, eliminating the need to transport it to site from elsewhere.
Roads are being constructed from the north and south simultaneously, with work progressing nicely and roads to four turbine locations substantially complete.
In addition to the roads, we’re creating a concrete batching plant at the north of the site. This concrete will be used for the turbine foundations and I’m happy to say that all the major components for the batching plant are now in place.
Excavations for the turbine foundations have also begun at two locations. These excavations are being overseen by an archaeologist following methods suitable for archaeological examination and we will of course keep you informed should we make any exciting discoveries!
The platform for the new substation has been constructed at the north of the site utilising soil stabilisation techniques to minimise the movement of materials on site.
Finally, it’s worth noting that a road closure and associated traffic management are in place on the public road through the north of the site in order to segregate construction traffic from the public. More information on this closure can be found in the ‘Press Releases’ section of the project website.
As you can tell everyone involved with the project are tremendously busy and I’m delighted with the progress that has been made so far. I’m excited for the future of the project with some big milestones on the horizon as we inch closer to the completion of this fantastic renewable energy project.
07/2019: Clocaenog Forest Wind Farm starts generating
Swindon, July 2019
- innogy’s latest and largest UK onshore wind farm starts generating renewable electricity
- Generation coincides with the successful completion of deliveries of all turbine components to site
innogy Renewable UK’s largest onshore wind farm, Clocaenog Forest has started generating renewable energy for the first time. The 96MW wind farm is located near Denbigh within the working forest, managed by Natural Resources Wales. It is expected to produce enough renewable energy to power the equivalent needs of 63,800 average UK homes per year, once fully operational at the end of the year.
Construction of the wind farm started in April 2018, with a contract worth in excess of £20million placed with leading Civil Engineering firm Jones Bros, based in Ruthin, just ten miles from site. The first of the 27 turbines was successfully erected in April 2019 and now first generation marks yet another major milestone for the project.
Turbine component deliveries have now also been completed, with the final delivery successfully arriving on site last Friday [26th July], with deliveries having begun in January of this year.
Andy Clayton, Clocaenog Forest Wind Farm Project Manager said;
“I’m extremely proud of the team. Despite challenging conditions at times, we now have 16 turbines erected and the recent achievement of first generation is a testament to the team’s hard work. Now that the turbine components have all been delivered to site, I’d also like to take the time to say a big thank you to the local communities and the police for their support and patience throughout the process.”
Once fully operational, the associated community funding worth a total of £19million over the operating lifetime will become available to applicants. This flexible funding has the potential to significantly benefit communities both very local to the project and more widely across North Wales. Currently the process is underway to put in place an organisation to administer the fund, with an announcement set to be made in the Autumn.For more information visit: www.innogy.com/clocaenogforest
05/2019: Clocaenog Forest Wind Farm Community Fund continues to gather momentum
- The area of benefit for the fund has now been finalised
- innogy Renewables UK are inviting tenders to administer the fund
- The fund will provide up to £768,000 per year to local community and economic development projects
innogy Renewables UK (innogy) have announced the area of benefit for the Clocaenog Forest Wind Farm Community Fund and are inviting tenders for the contract to administer the fund, as the project continues to gather momentum. Turbines are now being erected at the 96MW site which will comprise of 27 turbines and will provide enough clean energy for the equivalent domestic needs of up to 63,800 average UK households once operational.
As part of the project innogy has made a commitment to deliver community funding worth up to £768,000 (index linked) each year of the operational lifetime of the project which is expected to be up to 25 years.
The tender process follows an extensive community consultation which involved an online questionnaire, with hard copies mailed to all homes within 6km of the wind farm site boundary. innogy also held two very well attended drop-in sessions, at Denbigh Town Hall and Cerrigydrudion Community Centre, as well as hosting a strategic stakeholder event. The fund’s area of benefit was finalised following the consultation and can be found, along with a summary of the questionnaire results on the project website www.innogy.com/clocaenogforest
Katy Woodington, Senior Community Investment Officer, innogy Renewables UK said;
“I’d like to thank everyone who took part in the community consultation. We had almost 500 questionnaires completed, it was fantastic to see so many local people engage with the fund and take the opportunity to help shape its future. We’ve taken all of that feedback on board and will now be going out to tender for an independent administrator to deliver the fund. With our primary aim being to ensure that the fund is easy to access, fair and can support the projects that really matter.”
Organisations interested in becoming the fund administrator are encouraged to visit the project website www.innogy.com/clocaenogforest and complete an expression of interest form before the 7th June.
04/2019: Clocaenog Forest Wind Farm’s concrete waste solution wows judges at prestigious industry awards
Jones Bros Civil Engineering UK scooped bronze at the Considerate Constructors Scheme’s (CCS) National Site Awards for its work at the Clocaenog Forest Wind Farm, where it is principal contractor for developer innogy Renewables UK.
And its concrete waste reduction method on the site is now being used as an example of best practice in the industry after judges said they’d never seen such a technique before.
With the Denbighshire-based project requiring a total of 17,000 m³ of concrete, surplus material was poured into cube moulds to create building blocks.
The multi-purpose items, which are currently being used as edge protection and walls for aggregate stock bays, helped save 90m³ of concrete from going to waste.
Jones Bros site agent Rhys Roberts said: “We’re proud to have led the way in developing this method, which is now available on the CCS’ best practice hub as an example for others to follow.
“Through using the leftover material, we reduced our carbon footprint by avoiding haulage vehicle journeys to and from a landfill. In addition, it benefits an upcoming project as we intend to use the blocks in some of the concrete structures on that site.
“Our health and safety standards on site were also praised, as was our community engagement, which includes welcoming pupils from local primary schools and a tour for the Denbigh Rotary Club.
“Winning bronze at the annual CCS National Site Awards is a brilliant vote of confidence for the team involved in this project.”
The 27-turbine site will have the capacity to generate enough electricity to meet the needs of up to 63,800 average UK homes per year.
The local community will receive an investment fund from innogy worth up to £768,000 per annum, throughout the lifetime of the project, once the wind farm is operational.
Founded in the 1950s, Jones Bros is now being run by the second and third generations of the founding family and employs more than 350 people.
In addition to renewable energy, it works on projects including the construction of waste management facilities, highways, and flood and marine defence projects around the UK.
The Considerate Constructors Scheme, established in 1998, recognises construction sites with high standards in aspects including respecting the community, protecting the environment, and securing workers’ safety.
To find out more about the Considerate Constructors Scheme, visit www.ccscheme.org.uk
11/2018: Local residents have the chance to shape Clocaenog Forest Wind Farm Community Investment Fund
- The fund will provide up to £768,000 per annum to local good causes
- Survey to provide people with the opportunity to share their views
- Drop-in sessions being arranged to discuss the fund in person
innogy Renewables UK (innogy) are calling on local residents to have their say on how the Clocaenog Forest Wind Farm Community Investment Fund will be managed and who should benefit. The fund will provide up to £768,000 per year to support local community and economic development projects. This flexible, long term funding will be available throughout the lifetime of the wind farm project.
An online survey can be found on the Clocaenog Forest Wind Farm website
(www.innogy.com/clocaenogforest). This will provide local people with the opportunity to help shape the fund to ensure it delivers the most benefit for their community. innogy are encouraging local people, community councils, groups, organisations, businesses and anyone with an active interest in the local area to fill in the survey and share their views.
A copy of the survey has also been mailed to those living closest to the project (within 6km), which once completed can be returned to one of the numerous drop off points located at Siop y Llan – Llansannan, Llanrwst Library, Cerrigydrudion Post Office, Siop y Fro – Clawddnewydd, Corwen Post Office, Denbigh Library and Ruthin Library.
The 96MW Clocaenog Forest Wind Farm is currently being constructed within the working forest, managed by Natural Resources Wales and located near Denbigh. Presently work is underway on the foundations for the 27 turbines that will make up the wind farm. Once operational, in addition to the Community Investment Fund, the project will also have the capacity to provide enough renewable energy for the equivalent domestic needs of up to 63,800 average UK households per year.
innogy will also be holding two drop-in sessions to provide residents with the opportunity to discuss their ideas about the fund in person and have any further questions answered. These sessions will be taking place on the following dates;
Denbigh Town Hall – Monday 12th November 2018 between 4pm and 7pm
Cerrigydrudion Community Centre on Tuesday 13th November 2018 between 4pm and 7pm
Katy Woodington, Senior Community Investment Officer, innogy Renewables UK said;
“I’d encourage as many people as possible to take the time to fill out the Clocaenog Forest Wind Farm Community Investment Fund survey. It’s a fantastic opportunity to help shape the future of this exciting fund and ensure that it really meets the needs of the local area. I’m also looking forward to answering questions and discussing the fund in further detail with people during our scheduled drop-in sessions.”
09/2018: Concrete pours start at 27-turbine Clocaenog Forest Wind Farm
Jones Bros Civil Engineering UK has reached a major milestone at a 27-turbine wind farm scheme in North Wales.
Concrete pours to construct the turbine bases at Clocaenog Forest Wind Farm have started, and the civil engineering contractor is using on-site batching plants to reduce vehicle journeys.
The plant allows Jones Bros to mix concrete on site, rather than transport it to the location.
Each turbine requires an average of 600 cubic metres of concrete and 90 tonnes of reinforcement steel.
The wind farm is located just 10 miles from Jones Bros’ head office and training centre in Ruthin, Denbighshire. The family-owned company was appointed by renewable energy developer innogy Renewables UK to work on the project, which is located within the working forest managed by Natural Resources Wales.
And Jones Bros site agent Rhys Roberts is pleased with how it is progressing.
“We are on schedule and we are due to complete the concrete pours in October,” he said.
“Having access to our own batching plants is hugely beneficial to the local residents, who will experience less traffic on the roads due to the concrete being mixed on site.
“We have approximately 70 Jones Bros staff on site, including 15 apprentices and trainees. In addition to the construction of the turbine bases, we are continuing to upgrade existing and build new tracks, install crane pads, and build a new control building to manage the flow of electricity generated to the national grid.”
Jones Bros has also worked closely with the local community, which will receive a community investment fund from innogy worth up to £768,000 per annum once the wind farm is operational.
Rhys added: “We have welcomed three schools on visits, as well as provided Denbigh Rotary Club with a tour of the development.
“The team have also been out to knock on doors and speak to residents, which has been good for them to put faces to the names. The local ambulance and fire crews were also provided with a demonstration of a turbine rescue if a worker became ill while working at height.”
Andy Clayton, Clocaenog Forest Wind Farm project manager, said: “Progress on innogy’s largest UK onshore wind farm is coming along very well. The concrete pours are going smoothly and I look forward to the next milestone of the turbine deliveries.”
Tanya Davies, innogy Renewables head of business development, Northern Europe, said: “We are pleased that the local community is as involved as possible and we look forward to continuing to engage closely with the local community as the project progresses..”
The infrastructure contract awarded to Jones Bros comprises construction of 8km of new access tracks and upgrade of 20km of existing tracks; 27 turbine bases and crane pads; plus an on-site control building with a 33kv/132kV substation. The wind farm will have the capacity to generate enough electricity to supply 63,800 homes.
03/2018: Road closes as Clocaenog Forest Wind Farm work starts
A road linking the Clocaenog Forest to the B4501 and B5435 has closed to allow workers’ access to a wind farm development.
Jones Bros Civil Engineering UK is working on the unnamed road from the Clywedog Reservoir (to the North of Denbigh Crossroads) to Saron (Hafod Ty Ddu).
The closure went into effect on Monday 9 April and will remain in place for a minimum of six months.
Jones Bros closed the road to ensure public safety while construction work takes place.
The Ruthin-based firm has been appointed by renewable energy developer innogy Renewables UK to build the Clocaenog Forest Wind Farm, which will be able to supply 63,800 homes with electricity.
Access to the road will remain open for pedestrians via a footpath diversion where necessary, which will be as close to the original route as possible.
Local farmers and landowners with property within the closed section will also be allowed to use the route. Anglers will be able to access the reservoir from the south.
Jones Bros will manage the construction of two site compounds, access tracks and bases.
A large number of the workforce will hail from the local area, with 80 per cent of Jones Bros’ personnel living within a 40-mile radius of the wind farm site.
A total of 60 employees, plus 14 apprentices and trainee engineers, will be active on the project.
Jones Bros contracts manager, Eryl Roberts said: “The closure of this road is vital for public safety, but we are taking steps to ensure there is as little disruption as possible.
“Access remains open for those who use the route, and our team will always be on hand to provide up to date information for residents.”
Jones Bros will source rock for tracks and crane pads from within the wind farm perimeter, and also install two plants to manufacture concrete on-site.
Construction started on 19 March. Turbine deliveries will start in January 2019, with completion scheduled for October 2019.
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03/2018: Local firm Jones Bros wins circa £20million contract to help build 27 turbine Clocaenog Forest Wind Farm
- The contract will provide work for 60 employees plus 14 apprentices and trainee engineers
- It marks a significant step towards construction starting on the wind farm
Wales, March 2018
Innogy Renewables UK Ltd is pleased to announce that a significant contract has been awarded to a local business in North Wales for works on its latest onshore wind farm, Clocaenog Forest.
The wind farm will consist of 27 turbines within the working forest which is managed by Natural Resources Wales.
The contract worth around £20million has been placed with leading civil engineering contractor Jones Bros, a family firm whose head office and training base in Ruthin, Denbighshire is just ten miles from the site where the wind farm will be built.
The infrastructure contract will see the construction of 8km of new access tracks and the upgrade of 20km of existing tracks; 27 turbine bases and crane pads; plus an on-site control building with a 33kv/132kv substation.
Andy Clayton, Clocaenog Forest Project Manager said:
“We are delighted to be working with Jones Bros to deliver innogy’s largest UK onshore windfarm and in doing so, delivering on our commitments to work with local companies where possible.”
The wind farm will provide work for 60 employees, plus 14 apprentices and trainee engineers, with construction set to begin in late March.
Tanya Davies, innogy Renewables UK’s Head of Business Development commented:
“This contract placed with Jones Bros is a significant step towards construction starting on the Clocaenog Forest Wind Farm. We are particularly pleased at the direct benefits the contract will bring in terms of supporting jobs in and around the local Ruthin and wider North Wales area.”
Jones Bros Contracts Manager, Eryl Roberts, said:
“This contract has special significance for the company. The vast majority of our employees live locally to our Ruthin base. This project will ensure that a good portion of our existing skilled staff and apprentices are provided with local work.
We’ll be basing eight existing apprentices there and creating four new apprenticeships during 2018. We’ll also recruit two trainee civil engineers for this project.
Wages will be spent locally, so the economy immediately surrounding the wind farm gets maximum benefit from the developer’s investment.
We’re also going to be using local North Wales suppliers for aggregates, sand and cement, plus as many other local suppliers and services as possible. It’s a win-win for everyone.”
Once operational, the wind farm will have the capacity to generate enough renewable electricity to address the equivalent energy needs of approximately 63,800 UK homes. It will also provide a community investment fund worth up to £768,000 per annum.
Clocaenog Forest will remain open during construction, however sections of the forest will be subject to formal closures, and restrictions to public access will apply for health and safety reasons.
The area of the forest where construction will be taking place, and the open public right of ways are shown in the map below.
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(1)Energy predicted to be generated by the proposal is derived using wind speeds monitored in the local area and correlating to longer term historical weather data using meteorological models seeded with data obtained from satellite, surface-based and airborne measurement systems. The calculations are based on an installed capacity of 96MW.
Equivalent homes supplied is based on an annual electricity consumption per home of 4100 kWh. This figure is supported by recent domestic electricity consumption data available from The Digest of UK Energy Statistics and household figures from the UK National Statistics Authority.
(2)The total amount in the fund will be subject to the final installed capacity of the wind farm.