Mabey Bridge has a long history of large structural tube manufacture dating back to the construction of Brunel’s River Wye Railway Crossing in 1849. However, modern day production of large diameter high grade steel tubes began in our Chepstow works in 2000 with the supply of monopiles to the port of Holyhead. This contract resulted in a number of repeat orders from satisfied customers.
Mabey Bridge has all the necessary experience to carry out the fabrication and protective treatment of wind turbine towers, monopiles and other large diameter tubular structures including: CADCAM modelling; CNC plate profiling, drilling and marking; state of the art plate rolling equipment; seam and circumferential welding using the latest submerged arc equipment and processes and in-house protective treatment facilities with full environmental control to ensure optimal curing of protective coatings in all seasons.
The Bevil Mabey Structural Steelworks was formally opened by Charles Hendry, Minister of State for the Department of Energy and Climate Change, on 12th May 2011 as part of the company’s £38 million investment in the renewable energy sector, making Mabey Bridge the UK’s only indigenous manufacturer of wind turbine towers and monopiles.
The 25,000 square metre highly automated facility will make up to 100 wind turbine towers per annum, each up to 120m long. The factory provided a welcome boost to the local economy, with the creation of 240 new skilled jobs.
Wind Turbine Tower Fabrication