The 16-tur­bine project in North Wales should be com­pleted by 2018

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - BUSINESS - By CE­CILY LIU in Lon­don ce­cily.liu@mail.chi­nadai­lyuk.com

A Chi­nese State-owned nu­clear group has started con­struc­tion on the mul­ti­mil­lion-dol­lar Brenig on­shore wind farm in the United King­dom.

The re­new­able en­ergy op­er­a­tion of China Gen­eral Nu­clear Power Corp, or CGN, an­nounced this week it was car­ry­ing out build­ing work at the Den­bigh site in North Wales in part­ner­ship with Jones Bros Civil En­gi­neer­ing, a UK com­pany.

The 16-tur­bine project is due to be com­pleted in 2018 and will gen­er­ate up to 37.6 megawatts of elec­tric­ity, which could power 25,000 house­holds.

Lu Wei, gen­eral man­ager of CGN Euro­pean En­ergy Co, pointed out that Brenig was a sig­nif­i­cant de­vel­op­ment be­cause it was the first time the group had led a con­struc­tion con­sor­tium for a wind power project.

“The area’s ge­og­ra­phy and its high-qual­ity wind source meant the project at­tracted bids from many lead­ing en­ergy sup­pli­ers,” Lu said. “CGN’s abil­ity to se­cure the project was a good re­flec­tion of the com­pany’s ca­pa­bil­i­ties.”

Con­struc­tion of the Brenig wind farm will take be­tween 12 and 15 months.

So far, the de­vel­op­ment has cre­ated 6.4 mil­lion pounds ($8.46 mil­lion) of con­tracts for lo­cal com­pa­nies.

“We ex­pect the project will

Our in­vest­ment in new en­ergy al­ready ex­ceeds 1 bil­lion eu­ros ($1.18 bil­lion).” Lu Wei, gen­eral man­ager of CGN Euro­pean En­ergy Co

stim­u­late the UK econ­omy even more and con­tinue to cre­ate jobs af­ter the end of con­struc­tion,” Lu said.

In­cor­po­rated in 2014 in France, CGN Euro­pean En­ergy is a wholly-owned sub­sidiary of CGN, which is a ma­jor in­vestor in the UK’s nu­clear power sec­tor.

Since its es­tab­lish­ment, it has taken on en­ergy projects in the UK, France, Bel­gium and Ire­land. Ac­cord­ing to com­pany, it is the seventh-largest new en­ergy op­er­a­tor in Europe.

The com­pany also brought in Nat­u­ral Power as a part­ner on the project. The UK firm will pro­vide tech­ni­cal sup­port dur­ing the con­struc­tion process.

“Our in­vest­ment in new en­ergy al­ready ex­ceeds 1 bil­lion eu­ros ($1.18 bil­lion),” Lu said.

He added that the com­pany is look­ing to in­vest in projects in re­gions cov­ered by the Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive.

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