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100 new jobs to be created on world’s largest offshore wind farm

Turbine pre-assembly work on the world’s largest offshore wind farm is set to create over 100 jobs in Hull.

Windhoist Limited is creating the jobs after securing a contract from Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) to carry out onshore turbine pre-assembly work for the Hornsea One offshore wind 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.

Based in Scotland, 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.

Once completed, Hornsea One will be the largest offshore wind project in the world at 1.2 gigawatts (GW) and will produce enough clean energy to power over one million UK homes.

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

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.”

Hugh McNally, managing director of Windhoist, added: “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.”

Ryan Burke, Windhoist’s project manager on Hornsea One, also said: “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”.

Published: 17-09-2018

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