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Omagh family firm William & Henry Alexander putting wind in sails of wind farm projects

Published 25/08/2015

William & Henry Alexander (Civil Engineering) Ltd staff at a recent wind farm development
William & Henry Alexander (Civil Engineering) Ltd staff at a recent wind farm development

William & Henry Alexander (Civil Engineering) Ltd is a family-owned business in Omagh that has more than 40 years of experience in the civil engineering and building industry. 

The company provides civil engineering services across all sectors - but William & Henry Alexander (Civil Engineering) Ltd has established itself as one of the leading contractors within the renewable energy industry.

The company has a strong relationship with Renewable Energy Systems (RES) Ltd dating back 20 years when Alexander Ltd was appointed to build the 10-turbine Bessy Bell wind farm near Newtownstewart, Co Tyrone. 

The wind farm began generating power in June 1995, making it one of the first commercial wind farms in Northern Ireland and helped establish a relationship which lasts to this day.

To date William & Henry Alexander (Civil Engineering) Ltd has built over 40 windfarms throughout the UK of which 14 have been with RES.

All but one of the projects completed with RES have been undertaken in Northern Ireland and all have proved hugely important to the local economy, manufacturing and construction sectors.

Commenting on the relationship, operations director Ian Alexander said: "RES have made a hugely significant contribution to the renewable energy industry in Northern Ireland and to local civil contractors such as ourselves.

"The continued development of renewable energy over recent years and our relationship with RES, as well as other key renewable energy providers has made a positive contribution to local employment, and ensured vital engineering skills are maintained and indeed developed here."

Mr Alexander added: "The importance of the renewables industry cannot be overstated - particularly in the longer term, and not just because of the clean energy provided but also in terms of the jobs and opportunities created in maintaining and running the wind farms."

Looking to the future, the company has secured a number of recent renewables projects which include the new Altaveedan Wind Farm being built by RES near Loughguile, Co Antrim.

The project will require full civil enabling works for nine turbines which will generate a total output of 18MW and provide clean renewable energy for approximately 12,000 homes.

The company is also due to start works on a new five-turbine development for another leading renewable energy provider in Co Tyrone.

Since it began, William & Henry Alexander (Civil Engineering) Ltd has been carefully building a reputation for delivering projects effectively and efficiently through strong working relationships. Today the company is proud to play a key role in delivering the utilities and infrastructure that underpin and enable life across the UK and Ireland.

Belfast Telegraph

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