Offshore Wind Turbines

Windhoist Limited is delighted to announce that a contract has been placed by Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) for the company to carry out onshore turbine pre-assembly work for the Hornsea One offshore wind project in Hull, the world’s largest offshore wind farm to date.

With a global wind track record exceeding 11GW, this is the second commercial-scale offshore wind contract secured by Windhoist in 2018 coming on the back of a similar success on the Beatrice project, currently being loaded out from Nigg in the Moray Firth. Windhoist will commence works this month and the project is anticipated to run for almost one year, sustaining over 100 employees on site for the duration of the project.

The contract requires Windhoist to provide onshore pre-construction support for 174 Siemens SWT-7.0-154 turbines; standing 190m tall, each completed turbine will be larger than the Gherkin in London. With deployment across 2019, Hornsea One, when completed, will be the largest offshore wind project in the world at 1.2 gigawatts (GW) and will produce enough clean energy to power over 1 million UK homes.

Herve Bouraima, Global Commodity Manager for Siemens Gamesa Offshore Project Procurement, said of this contract award, “With activities well underway on Beatrice, we are happy to continue to develop our relationship with Windhoist, thereby showing our commitment to UK local content to deliver our projects competitively, on time, and to the highest quality standards.”

MSP and Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse, said: “This is another fantastic result for Windhoist. Winning this contract demonstrates that the Scottish supply chain has skills and capabilities that are required to positively contribute towards the deployment of offshore wind in Scotland and beyond. The Scottish Government is committed to ensuring our indigenous supply chain thrives within this sector and much of this benefit will be delivered via SMEs such as Windhoist. With more than 4GW of consented offshore wind projects in Scottish waters and with further sites being identified by Crown Estate Scotland, this is a great opportunity for the company to show what it can do.”

Andy McDonald, director of energy and low carbon technologies at Scottish Enterprise, said: “This is another fantastic win for Windhoist and credit must go to the continued hard work and dedication of the whole Windhoist team. With Sector Deal negotiations currently ongoing which could see 30GW of offshore wind capacity deployed across the UK by 2030, it is imperative that Scottish companies are successful in securing capital contracts such as this, an area that has proved to be historically challenging in the face of stiff continental competition. We look forward to continuing to support Windhoist on this exciting journey.”

Hugh McNally, Managing Director of Windhoist, said, “We are delighted to further strengthen our relationship with SGRE and look forward to working on this flagship UK project. At Windhoist, we aspire to be the wind turbine construction partner of choice therefore we push ourselves to learn and continually improve; we are very happy that we will continue to do this in partnership with a global multinational of SGRE’s standing. I am delighted that the effort and diligence of our whole team has been recognised by this further award”. 

Ryan Burke, Windhoist’s Project Manager on Hornsea One, commented, “Diversifying and growing within the offshore wind sector is one of our key strategic objectives and we are very excited that we will continue to realise these ambitions with SGRE. The skill of our project teams and our ability to develop innovative construction methods allows us to develop competitive yet robust propositions to customers within the offshore wind sector”.

With over 300 technicians employed, the Windhoist Group has operating presence in Scotland (Irvine and Stirling), Ireland, Australia, Germany, South Africa and Morocco. The company has successfully deployed its technical wind resources in over 20 countries globally and maintains one of the most comprehensive heavy lift fleets available on the market.   

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