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Farrans wins deal for contentious £52m Swansea wind farm

Farrans has been chosen as the main contractor to deliver a controversial £52m wind farm near Swansea.

The contractor was picked by Innogy Renewal UK for the contract, which will see the firm construct 16 turbines on the Mynydd Y Gwair site on common land near Felindre in north Swansea.

Once completed, the farm is expected to produce 48 MWh – enough to power around 25,000 homes.

Earlier this year Swansea-based contractor Dawnus landed the deal for the preparatory groundwork on the site.

Farrans is scheduled to start work in the autumn that will see more than 40 staff working at the site across the project, with 80 per cent of workers coming from within 60 miles of the site.

Last year the project secured planning permission from the UK government, nearly three years after Innogy’s first planning application went in.

Local pressure groups and a number of farmers have been fighting the plans for years claiming the turbines would spoil the area’s natural beauty.

The contract adds to Farrans portfolio of renewable projects, with completed contracts including the 239 MW Kilgallioch Windfarm in Dumfries, Scotland and the £50m deal to construct a terminal for the assembly of offshore wind turbines at Belfast Harbour. 

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