Prysmian Cables Connect Wales’ Biggest Wind Farm to National Grid
High Voltage Cable for the Biggest Wind Farm in Wales
Prysmian UK, part of the Prysmian Group, has supplied its high voltage 132kV cables to Vattenfall’s 228MW Pen y Cymoedd project. The cables have connected Wales’ largest onshore wind farm to the national grid.
Opened last month by Wales’ First Minister, Carwyn Jones, the wind farm is located between Neath and Aberdare, South Wales. The renewable energy generator uses 76 Siemens 3MW turbines and is capable of meeting the electricity needs of more than 13% of the households in Wales every year. It will boost delivery of Wales’ climate change ambitions, displacing more than 300,000 tons of CO2 from fossil fueled generation in an average year.
“Wind power is a key part of our efforts to build a sustainable low carbon economy for Wales,” said the First Minister. “I am pleased we were able to support this project, which has shown how the local community, the Welsh economy and people right across the country can benefit from such a scheme.”
The Welsh cabinet secretary for the environment Lesley Griffiths this week sharply criticised UK government policy towards the renewables sector in Wales calling for it to stop excluding onshore wind and solar from contract-for-difference auctions.
Darrell Cook, Utilities Business Manager, Prysmian Cables & Systems, commented: “Prysmian is proud to be involved in a project that supports both the local economy and the future of sustainable energy in Wales and the UK. The cables supplied to the wind farm were manufactured at our Wrexham plant. With complete local control over the manufacturing and testing of the entire system from start to finish, we are confident in the quality of our product and its ability to provide Wales with power for many years to come.”
Pen y Cymoedd started operating at full power in early May, some 38 months after construction started at the site in the upper Rhondda, Cynon and Afan valleys. The project is expected to continue generating clean electricity until at least 2037.
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