Brechfa Forest West Onshore Wind Farm

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Community Investment Fund Consultation – Get Involved!

We are currently seeking views on our plans for the community investment fund and are particularly interested in hearing from the communities living closest to the site. Take part by completing the following survey before 15th December 2017:

To complete the survey in English please click here

To complete the survey in Welsh please click here

You can also meet the team at a drop in session at  Pencader Village Hall/Pavilion on Tuesday 21st November 2017 and Brechfa Church Hall on Wednesday 22nd November 2017 between 4pm and 7pm.

For more information on all plans for the fund please scroll down to the Brechfa West Wind Farm Community Fund section below.

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

innogy is well underway with 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

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

Aug 2017

With Bethan Edwards now on maternity leave, I am taking over as the nominated representative for Brechfa Forest West Wind Farm. If you have any queries at all, please do get in touch and I will continue to post updates about construction here as things progress.

Since the last update, things on site have progressed well. The turbine foundations are almost all in place, the substation building works is nearly complete and being fitted out. We have commenced the inter Turbine cable works and the turbine component deliveries are progressing well. Typically, there are two abnormal load deliveries a day, Monday to Fridays, with a single run Saturdays, each run carrying two components. The abnormal load deliveries are avoiding rush hour traffic where possible, aiming to leave Swansea Port after 9am and around 12.00pm.

A police escort will accompany each abnormal load delivery and is working with local services to allow emergency vehicles to pass and those travelling to the local hospital

Precise departure and delivery times is dependent upon traffic and police advice. Journey times are currently taking approximately two hours to travel from Port to site. Deliveries travel from Swansea Port along Fabian Way before joining the M4. They then join the A48 at Pont Abraham before travelling onto the A40 at Carmarthen and finally the A485 to the site entrance located north of Alltwalis.

Deliveries are typically travelling along the A485 from Carmarthen to Alltwalis roughly between 10.10am and 11.40am and between 13.10 and 14.40pm but timings are dependent on traffic.

Dyfed Powys Police have a dedicated Twitter account which will be providing live updates on convoy progress follow @DPPAbnormalLoad

Text alerts are also being sent out directly to people’s mobiles to keep them up to date of any changes to the above schedule. There has been a good uptake to this free service. If you have signed up and have any feedback  please let us know by emailing us directly or would like to register, please send your mobile number requesting text alerts for Brechfa Forest West Wind Farm to brechfaforestwest@rwe.com.

You can sign up for our monthly email construction update by emailing brechfaforestwest@rwe.com. Newsletters are also published on this website under ‘Useful Documents’.
Deliveries will continue till the end of October but the next key milestone will be the start of Turbine erection on site.

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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    If you would like to know more about working with us, please email us in the first instance by using the following form:

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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.

    We have already taken a responsible approach to working with local communities and key stakeholders at an early stage, to begin planning how this funding can best be applied. Independent consultants were commissioned to carry out a consultation with local communities, Councillors and other key stakeholders on potential priorities for the fund. The results of extensive consultation and research is reflected in a Brechfa Forest Community Profile.

    Brechfa Forest Community Profile

    This profile will help to inform the next stage in the process of defining the structure of the Community Investment Fund. For more information on our plans for the fund, including estimated timescales, please see the April 2017 Community Investment Update below:

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

    Investment Fund Advisory Group

    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

    Proposed area of benefit – the local community fund

    The surveys above make reference to the proposed area of benefit for the Local Community Fund.  To view a map of this proposed area please click here.

    Regional Fund Consultation

    In addition to the consultation on the local fund we are also inviting feedback on the proposed Regional Fund.  To read more about our plans and how you can get involved, please click here (English version) or here (Welsh version).

    Tender Opportunity

    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 inviting organisations to express an interest in tendering for the contract to administer the fund before 15th December 2017  For more information and to express an interest, please read the documents below:

    Brechfa Community Fund Brief

    Brechfa Community Fund Brief (Cymraeg)

    Brechfa Community Fund – Expression of Interest Form

    Brechfa Community Fund – Expression of Interest Form (Cymraeg)

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

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

    Find out more

    If you would like to meet with our community investment team to discuss any of the above,  please come along and meet us at a drop in session:                                                                     

    Pencader Village Hall/Pavilion on Tuesday 21st November 2017 between 4pm and 7pm 

    Brechfa Church Hall on Wednesday 22nd November 2017 between 4pm and 7pm

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