Belfast Telegraph

Windfall for Harland and Wolff shipyard as £20m contract is secured

By Claire Weir

The shipyard that helped put Belfast on the map — Harland and Wolff — is on the crest of another wave after securing a contract worth £20m and creating up to 40 jobs.

German engineering and|electrical giant Siemens has|awarded the iconic firm the design and build contract for two|offshore substation platforms.

They will be built at the Gwynt y Môr wind farm, 13km off the coast of North Wales.

Speaking at one of the|shipyard’s massive building halls yesterday, Enterprise Minister|Arlene Foster said the news was “very positive” for Northern|Ireland.

“Harland and Wolff has been working hard to diversify here at the yard and are making great strides in the growing renewable energy sector,” she said.

“This is a very positive day and the fact that Harland and Wolff is confidently seeking out this kind of contract makes me hopeful that we can attract more projects to Belfast and to the rest of Northern Ireland.

“Siemens is a huge global company and hopefully the awarding of this contract will encourage other firms to come and see what we have to offer here.”

Robert J Cooper, chief executive officer at the yard, said he is very happy that the Belfast firm has secured the project.

“Our project goals are to make the design and build process|frictionless for Siemens and to ultimately provide the operator, RWE Innogy, with a robust and durable offshore platform, built safely, on time and to budget.” he said

“A considerable number of these platforms are required to meet the Government’s 2020 targets, giving substantial opportunities in the near future”.

John Willcock, director of Major Projects for Siemens Transmission and Distribution Ltd, said that the key project is of the largest of its type ever developed.

“The Harland and Wolff team impressed us by their approach to the project and understanding of our requirement,” he said.

“This is a new relationship for both companies and one that could be fruitful in the future. It is great also to be able to support a UK-based firm.”

East Belfast MP Naomi Long said that the awarding of the contract to Belfast indicates the massive potential Northern Ireland has in relation to the green economy.

“This is brilliant news for the company and for east Belfast,” she said. This announcement shows that where we get involved in sustainability, there are real opportunities to grow our|innovation base.”

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