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New Harland & Wolff wind farm deal to generate 80 jobs

By John Mulgrew

Harland & Wolff has landed a multi-million pound contract to provide parts for a wind farm off the coast of Germany that will create 80 jobs. The former shipbuilder has been chosen by Poland-based jacket foundation supplier ST3 Offshore to produce a significant number of suction buckets for Dong Energy's Borkum Riffgrund 2 wind farm.

The suction buckets are used to provide a foundation for the offshore green energy-producing structures.

The products will be sent to ST3's manufacturing plant in Stettin for fitting.

Jonathan Guest, director of business development at Harland and Wolff, said: "H&W is delighted to be involved in the Borkum Riffgrund 2 project.

"It will allow us to continue to support manufacturing jobs in Belfast and contribute to UK exports.

"We are committed to the retention of manufacturing skills in Northern Ireland.

"Projects such as this enable us to both develop our in-house capability and support the local supply chain."

International Trade Minister Greg Hands said that the contract was a boost for high-skilled manufacturing jobs in Northern Ireland and "further demonstrates the UK's leadership in offshore wind".

"Harland & Wolff's innovative designs and expertise can help make renewable energy projects like Borkum Riffgrund 2 possible," he added.

Last year Harland & Wolff secured a similar major contract worth £20m that helped support 200 jobs.

The east Belfast manufacturer was tasked with making 24 huge steel foundation jackets for ScottishPower Renewables.

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