An on-site wind project, comprising two 2.5 MW wind turbines, has begun operation at Solutia Chemicals (UK) in Newport, Wales. The turbines will supply up to a third of the chemical company’s needs.

Solutia is the second chemical industry project to be built by wind specialists Wind Direct, which previously installed two turbines at Eastman Chemicals’ plant in Cumbria to supply approximately 25% of that company’s power needs.

Frankie Karki, Chief Operating Officer for Wind Direct said: ‘The chemical industry has high energy requirements and continuous shift patterns, which make chemical companies ideal candidates for on-site energy. The Wind Direct approach is a zero capital, zero risk approach, so it is proving a major attraction as companies look for ways to reduce their costs.’