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Powerteam wins £800,000 windfarm contract

A sister company of Northern Ireland Electricity has won an £800,000 contract in the offshore windfarm sector.

Belfast-based Powerteam Electrical Services was awarded the contract by DONG Energy to build and furnish an electrical substation for the Walney Offshore Windfarm off the coast of Lancashire in North West England.

The windfarm, which is under construction, will comprise 51 offshore turbines producing renewable energy for more than 150,000 homes.

The substation, to be built in Heysham, is expected to take nine months to complete.

Alastair Dawson, managing director of Powerteam Electrical Services, said: "We have put a lot of time and effort over the last few years into developing our business to meet the demands of the current electricity market. Today, one of the key areas of focus of the electricity infrastructure industry is on bringing increasing amounts of renewable energy onto the grid.

"We have completed several contracts for onshore wind farms and are delighted that with this contract we have extended our portfolio to include offshore. Recent Government decisions to grant increasing rights of development on the seabed off the British coast indicate that this will be a growing market so we are pleased to have gained a foothold."

Powerteam is a subsidiary of Viridian Group, which owns NIE.