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Wind Powers Change at Brett Martin

Brett Martin, leading manufacturers of plumbing and drainage systems, plastic roof lighting and glazing materials, has completed the installation of its first wind turbine at the company’s headquarters in Mallusk.  Representing an investment of over £2million and standing at a fully extended height of almost 100 metres, the wind turbine is the largest of its kind on an industrial site in Northern Ireland. 

Once fully functional the environmental benefits will be significant as the wind turbine is expected to reduce carbon emissions at the Mallusk site by 4,000 tonnes per year.  Customers will also benefit from this green initiative which will deliver at least 20% lower energy costs for the company thus enabling more competitively priced products.  

Laurence Martin, Brett Martin Managing Director, explains, “The planning and installation of our wind turbine has been sensitively and meticulously managed and planned over the past few years.  We are very grateful to all the interested groups and individuals, statutory bodies and government agencies who provided advice and support along the way.  At £2m the project represents a significant investment and one which we firmly believe will bring tangible benefits for the company and its stakeholders.” 

“As a responsible and forward-thinking company, we are strongly committed to reducing our carbon footprint and to maintaining our competitive position, which is in the interests of the business, our employees and the local community.  We are confident that this wind turbine will enable us to both minimise our impact on the environment and help reduce our high energy costs.  This in turn will enable us to remain a competitive business, securing further orders across our global market and safeguarding local jobs.” 

Work originally began on the project in 2006 with an initial feasibility study supported by the Carbon Trust.  Following wind speed testing at the site and comprehensive research with wind turbine manufacturers the company began the planning application process in 2008 with assistance from planning consultants Turley Associates.  Once planning approval was granted in 2010 the order to supply the wind turbine was placed with German based energy organisation Enercon.  Preparatory site work began in September 2010 towards a scheduled completed commissioning date of early June 2011. 

The Enercon E-70 wind turbine has a blade span of 71 metres and when the blade is fully extended the structure measures 99.5 metres from the ground to the blade tip.  With an output of 2.3mwatt the wind turbine will contribute 20% of Brett Martin’s energy needs.  Having supplied and installed the wind turbine Enercon have also been contracted for its ongoing maintenance.

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