Harland and Wolff is to manufacture foundations at its Belfast headquarters as part of a project to create a wind farm in the North Sea. It will help create and install two meteorological masts to monitor wave and wind conditions for the Dogger Bank wind farm which will be the biggest offshore wind farm in the world.
Company chief executive Robert Cooper said: "Not only are we delighted to be part of the team awarded the contract to supply the two met masts, but this is also a significant development for Harland and Wolff's ambitions toward volume manufacture of these revolutionary foundations." Forewind, a consortium including Statoil and Scottish and Southern Energy, is developing the Dogger Bank offshore wind farm. The two Harland and Wolff 'met masts' will feed into the farm.
Forewind general manager Lee Clarke said the met masts would be a "significant milestone" for the company.
"We have taken our requirements for met masts to look beyond the standard approach and instead use the opportunity to demonstrate a new, and very exciting, technology with possible benefits well beyond the Dogger Bank development," he said.