YARD COMPLETES FOUNDATIONS FOR WORLD'S LARGEST OFFSHORE WINDFARM UNDER CONSTRUCTION

Saturday 28 February 2009

Harland and Wolff Heavy Industries’ recent completion of the complex under-sea steel foundations for the biggest offshore wind farm in the Irish Sea has been saluted by commissioning engineers as a major achievement.

The Belfast ship yard prepared the 60 steel tubes, large enough to accommodate a family car and weighing 230 tonnes each, for installation in the seabed at Robin Rigg off the coast of Scotland in the Solway Firth.

The vast 60-turbine wind farm will be operated by E.ON Climate and Renewables, the leading German energy company. Each turbine is being assembled at the Harland and Wolff yard in partnership with Danish manufacturer Vestas.

Harland and Wolff says it is very pleased that E.ON has acknowledged its work.

“We operate in a competitive market where quality of service, workmanship and final product is the differentiator,” says Harland and Wolff chief executive officer Robert J Cooper.

“It is particularly gratifying that a customer such as E.ON should take time to provide us with this very positive feedback.”

E.ON Climatye and Renewables engineering manager Matthew Swanwick says he and the company are pleased that the first leg of the Robin Rigg wind farm is complete.

“We have been impressed with H&W’s responsive and flexible approach which has ensure the maximum efficiencies we need to prevent the loss of even one day of offshore working,” says Mr Swanwick.

“Now that the foundation installation works have been completed I would like to acknowledge H&W’s support and performance in making this happen.”

The Belfast ship-building firm is increasing its workload in the renewable energy sector as well as other advanced engineering projects.

Harland and Wolff sales and marketing manager David McVeigh, says H&W’s diversification strategy is showing very positive results.

“The company embarked on a major diversification strategy five years ago and now we have opened up new markets for our services and products,” says Mr McVeigh. “We export everything we make so we are glad that our international customers are returning to us because of the quality of their experience with us.”

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Media contacts:
David McVeigh, Harland and Wolff Heavy Industries, tel: 0044 2890 458456
Joris Minne, JPR, tel: 0044 2890 760066 or joris.minne@jprni.com