A contract has been signed for Harland & Wolff to carry out fabrication and load-out works on eight wind turbine generator (WTG) foundation jackets.
The contract has been jointly announced by Neart na Gaoithe (NnG) Offshore Wind Limited (jointly owned by EDF Renewables and ESB), Saipem, and InfraStrata, owner of Harland & Wolff. With work starting from 1 July 2021, Harland & Wolff will use its newly acquired Methil facilities in Fife for the fabrication work, creating around 290 direct and indirect Scottish jobs.
Support may be provided as required by the company’s other facilities in Arnish, Appledore and Belfast with Saipem’s consent and should the need arise. The foundations, used to support and anchor NnG’s WTGs to the seabed, are being supplied and installed by Saipem, a global solution provider in the energy and infrastructure sectors. Saipem will also supply and install an additional two jackets for the offshore substations. NnG is committed to utilising the Scottish supply chain and this work on the project is a further boost to the offshore wind industry in Scotland, providing new green jobs and manufacturing opportunities.
Offshore construction for NnG started in August last year with the installation of casings for the piles and preparing the seabed in advance of the arrival of the steel foundation jackets. NnG will supply enough low carbon electricity for around 375,000 homes and has a capacity of circa 450 megawatts (MW) of low carbon energy and will offset over 400,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions each year.
Fife Council has welcomed the announcement that Harland and Wolff has been awarded a contract by Saipem Limited for the fabrication, consolidation and load-out of eight WTG jacket foundations, which will be conducted by Harland & Wolff’s newly acquired Methil facility.
Gordon Mole, Head of Business & Employability said: ‘’This is great news for Fife and confirms its strategic strength as a centre for Scotland’s renewables industry. With work scheduled to start from early July 2021, the creation of up to 290 direct and indirect jobs is welcome, and we look forward to working with the company to open these skilled opportunities to local people.” Working with the Forth & Tay Offshore Cluster, the council will continue to seek local opportunities arising from offshore wind and continues to engage with Scottish and UK Governments to underline the offer in Fife.
The council will continue to work with Harland and Wolff and its supply chain on future opportunities in development.