Scottish firm lands contract to carry out work on offshore windfarm

Foundations for a turbine on Hornsea Project One.
Foundations for a turbine on Hornsea Project One.

Windhoist Limited have announced the placement of a contract by Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy for the company to work on onshore turbine pre-assembly for the Hornsea One Project.

Having constructed more than 11 gigawatts (GW) of onshore wind capacity globally to date, this award is the company’s first in the growing offshore wind sector and will sustain over 40 jobs for the 10 month duration of the project.

Windhoist secured a deal to provide pre-assembly for the Beatrice Offshore Windfarm in May, currently being loaded out from Nigg in the Moray Firth.

The offshore windfarm project is based off the coast of Hull and will look to power over a million homes.

Andy McDonald, director of energy and low carbon technologies at Scottish Enterprise, said: “We have been working with Windhoist for a number of years, and it’s great to see that access to our offshore wind expert support has really helped the company to develop their understanding of the market and take advantage of emerging opportunities within the renewables sector.

“This has seen the company succeed in what has previously been a challenging market, to secure these types of contracts in offshore wind.

“The awarding of this contract is evidence that the skills we have in Scotland, linked to the ambition of our companies to secure more work in this field, is being recognised and rewarded. We look forward to working with the company as it continues to develop its growth plans.”

The Ayrshire Company must provide onshore pre-construction support for 84 Siemens seven megawatts (MW) turbines, to be deployed by 2019.

Managing Director of Windhoist, Hugh McNally, said: “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”.

The project will be Scotland’s largest offshore development to date, with work beginning this month.