H&W to build wind farm
European energy firm Vattenfall took a step forward in the construction of its Irish Sea wind farm this week with the first delivery of wind turbines to a Belfast shipyard.
The first of nine consignments of turbines and towers, destined for the Ormonde offshore wind farm, 10 km off Barrow-in-Furness, arrived at Harland and Wolff on Sunday, and deliveries will continue until the end of March. Thirty wind turbines will be pre-assembled at the local yard.
Robert Cooper, Harland and Wolff’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “We are delighted to see the first elements of this significant project arrive at the Harland and Wolff yard.
“This is our third offshore wind farm logistics project in four years and the largest turbines we have handled to date. Vattenfall are a demanding customer who requires the best; our vast facilities and experienced personnel are again demonstrating their unique flexibility and capability. When this project is considered alongside the current manufacture of two large offshore platforms in our fabrication halls, renewable energy is securing hundreds of local jobs within H&W and within the local supply chain.”