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First West Point turbine up

SANYO DIGITAL CAMERAJOINT venture partners John Laing and Infinergy are pleased to announce that the first wind turbine for Wear Point Wind Farm at the SemLogistics oil storage facility along the Milford Haven Waterway has been installed successfully.
There will be four wind turbines in total, each with a maximum height of 99.9m to the tip of the blade when it is in a vertical position. The wind turbines are state-of-the-art REpower MM82 machines, the towers of which are supplied by Mabey Bridge’s facility in Chepstow. Apart from Mabey Bridge, a variety of other Welsh and Wales based companies have contributed to the wind farm’s successful construction, including Raymond Brown Cymru from Bridgend, Mott MacDonald and Burke Contracts from Carmarthen and Austwel from Milford Haven.
Ross McArthur of John Laing said: “Wear Point Wind Farm’s net investment totals £14.3 million and we are delighted that a significant proportion of it has been spent on products and services sourced from local, Welsh and Wales based companies. Wales stands to benefit greatly from onshore wind development and we feel that Wear Point Wind Farm has made a valuable contribution.”
The transport of turbine components is expected to continue for another week. Infinergy manages the construction process and will provide operation services for the project, further strengthening its asset management activities. The project is expected to be fully operational towards the end of 2013.