Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 16 April 2014

Wind energy firm in turbine delivery deal

A NORTHERN Ireland wind energy firm is celebrating a multi-million pound deal with a construction firm to help deliver 200 new turbines.

In March 2012, Simple Power announced a £50m deal with global manufacturer Vergnet SA to install its products across Northern Ireland.

This week it has been revealed that Draperstown company Heron Bros will undertake all infrastructure and construction work for the five year project.

Heron Bros, which is rapidly growing its renewable energy business, will deliver the complete civil engineering and turbine erection works for the individual 250kW wind turbines on behalf of Simple Power.

The first two wind turbines at farms in Randalstown, County Antrim are due to be completed next month.

Paul Carson, chief executive of Simple Power, said the announcement will boost both Northern Ireland's construction industry and the growing wind energy sector.

"Heron Bros, like Simple Power, is helping to grow the renewables sector in Northern Ireland," he said.

"This announcement is a good example of the wider economic benefits that can be created through the growth of wind power.

"Our single wind turbine strategy will sustain many projects and create jobs for the local construction industry."

Noel Mullan, commercial director of Heron Bros added: "We are delighted to be working in partnership with Simple Power on the roll-out of this significant framework in Northern Ireland.

"With the first turbines already under way the framework has strategic importance for Heron Bros in the continuing development of our Heron Renewables division throughout the UK," he said.

£50m

Simple Power's deal for turbines which Heron Bros will now construct