Brechfa Forest West Onshore Wind Farm

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innogy’s onshore project in South Wales is called Brechfa Forest West

innogy is well underway with the construction of Brechfa Forest West Wind Farm. The project is located in Brechfa Forest, 10km north east of Carmarthen, centred around the Afon Pib valley, east of Alltwalis. The woodland is managed by Natural Resources Wales on behalf of the Welsh Government.

A total of 28 wind turbines with an overall capacity of 57.4 megawatts are being installed. Construction will last 18 to 20 months. Once fully operational, the wind farm will generate enough renewable electricity to meet the calculative needs of approximately 38,800 average UK households annually.

Brechfa Forest West Wind Farm will enable significant investment into local communities throughout its operational lifetime.

Brechfa 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.

Project name Brechfa Forest West Wind Farm
Location Brechfa Forest, Carmarthenshire
Number of wind turbines 28
Height of wind turbines Up to 145m to blade tip
Installed capacity 57.4 MW
Equivalent households supplied 38,800
Start of construction November 2016
Planned commissioning date November 2017

Brechfa Construction update

Martin Kelly - construction project director and nominated representative for the Brechfa Forest West Wind Farm

Martin Kelly, the construction project director and nominated representative for the Brechfa Forest West Wind Farm. 

Jan 2018

Construction of Brechfa Forest West Wind Farm is progressing well. We are now over half way of the turbine build and the cabling between the turbines is almost complete.  The work in the substation also is nearly complete and we are busy testing and commissioning.

Off site, Western Power Distribution have finished their underground cabling and work on the overhead line. The next major milestone for the project will be the energisation (or switching on), of the connection which will enable us to start generating.  

Construction of Brechfa Forest West Wind Farm
Construction of Brechfa Forest West Wind Farm

Construction programme

During 2016 access track from A485 & preparatory works within forest (primarily borrow pit, substation)
January to June 2017 civils works within forest (access track works, compound establishment, turbine hardstandings & foundations)
January to June 2018 completion of remaining turbine construction works, energisation of turbines, reinstatement works
June to December 2017 cable trenching, turbine deliveries/ erection works, electrical works at substation

You can sign up for our monthly email construction update by emailing brechfaforestwest@rwe.com Newsletters are also published on this website further down under ‘Useful Documents’.

Public Access

Brechfa 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 restrictions will be in place, is shown in the plan below.

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Visitors to this area are requested to keep to the public rights of way and designated routes and to follow diversion routes which will be clearly marked. Please do not approach construction areas and pay close attention to signage which will be provided in and around the forest for your safety. All dedicated open access areas out of the Access Management Plan Area remain for unrestricted access by persons on foot and permissive access for horse riders and cyclists.

To date, we are pleased to have commissioned work or placed contracts with the following local companies:

  • Tree services- Ceredigion
  • Public access works- Carmarthenshire
  • Security- Carmarthenshire
  • Ecological Clerk of Works- Ceredigion
  • Ground investigations- Bridgend
  • Stone supply- Carmarthenshire
  • Bird survey works- Ceredigion
  • Vehicle purchase- Carmarthenshire
  • Bat survey works & advice- Swansea
  • Cleaning services- Carmarthenshire
  • Fuel- Carmarthenshire
  • Concrete- Carmarthenshire
  • Various civil construction works (approximately 33-50% of operators doing physical construction work on the site are locally based) 
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    Brechfa West Wind Farm Community Fund

    Brechfa Forest West Wind Farm will deliver a community fund of £459,200 per annum. This index-linked funding will be available for the lifetime of the wind farm, expected to be up to 25 years, resulting in total fund in excess of £11 million. The first payment will be made available once the wind farm is fully operational which we expect to be Spring 2018.

    Community Investment Fund Consultation - 2017

    Innogy concluded its latest consultation on the community fund in December 2017. We were pleased to receive an excellent response from local community members and other interested stakeholders with over 140 survey responses and in the region of 100 people attending two community drop in sessions in Brechfa and Pencader in November. A report summarising the feedback from this consultation will be available here in due course.

    Fund Administration and Management

    In addition to consulting on our plans for the fund, innogy also promoted the opportunity for organisations to express an interest in tendering for the contract to administer the community fund. Innogy outsources the administration of our community funds to organisations with appropriate skills to maximise the impact of the fund on local communities. We are currently undertaking a tender process to award that contract. You can view some of the documentation relating to the procurement process, including the timescale, below.

    Useful documents – Community Investment Fund Development

    In 2013 innogy (then RWE npower renewables) carried out a detailed consultation on potential uses for the fund. A report summarising this consultation is available here:

    Brechfa Forest Community Profile

    An update on our plans for the fund was published in April 2017 which you can download here:

    April 2017 Community Investment Update – English
    April 2017 Community Investment Update – Welsh

    As referenced in the update document above, an advisory group has been established to provide detailed feedback and advice to innogy to assist in the development of the regional fund in particular.  You can read the terms of reference for the group here.

    The group started meeting in July 2017 and update notes from those meetings will appear here.

    Investment Fund Advisory Group – update #1 – English
    Investment Fund Advisory Group – update #1 – Welsh

    As a part of the consultation that took place from October – December 2017 we published a proposed area of benefit for the local community fund, you can download that map here.

    Relevant documentation on the procurement process to appoint an administrator for the fund is available below for information only (the tender process is already underway):

    Brechfa Community Fund Brief

    Brechfa Community Fund Brief (Cymraeg)

    Brechfa Forest West Wind Farm Community Fund Admin Contract - Procurement Timetable

    Brechfa Forest West Wind Farm Community Fund Admin Contract - Procurement Timetable CYMRAEG

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