Scottish heavy lift expert secures first multi-million offshore wind contract

The Beatrice offshore wind project is Scotland’s largest offshore development to date The Beatrice offshore wind project is Scotland’s largest offshore development to date

An Ayrshire based heavy lift company has landed its first multi-million offshore wind contract which will help to sustain over 40 jobs for the ten-month duration of the project.

Windhoist Limited will carry out onshore turbine pre-assembly work for the Beatrice offshore wind project in the Moray Firth for Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy.

“We have worked with Siemens / Gamesa for a number of years within the onshore wind sector. We are delighted to build upon this relationship and look forward to bringing our extensive onshore construction expertise into the offshore wind sector,” said Hugh McNally, managing director of Windhoist.

Pre-construction support

The contract requires Windhoist to provide onshore pre-construction support for 84 Siemens 7MW turbines to be deployed by the start of 2019.

The Beatrice offshore wind project is Scotland’s largest offshore development to date and the project developer SSE estimates that of the GBP£2.6 billion investment, £1.1 billion is expected to add to UK GDP supporting more than 18,100 years of full-time employment in the UK.

The Scottish supply chain is expected to see a spend of £530 million from the construction of the Beatrice project.

With over 300 technicians employed, the Windhoist Group has operating presence in Scotland Ireland, Australia, Germany, South Africa and Morocco.

The company has successfully deployed its wind technical resources in over 18 countries globally and said it maintains one of the most comprehensive heavy lift fleets available on the market.

By Anne-Marie Causer

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