Neart na Gaoithe (NnG) Offshore Wind, its tier one service provider, Saipem, and InfraStrata, owner of Harland & Wolff, jointly announce that a contract has been signed for Harland & Wolff to carry out the fabrication and load-out of eight of the project’s wind turbine generator (WTG) foundation jackets.
With work starting from 1st July, 2021, Harland & Wolff will use its newly acquired Methil facilities in Fife for the fabrication work, creating around 290 direct and indirect Scottish jobs. Additional support may be provided as required by the company’s other facilities in Arnish, Appledore and Belfast with Saipem’s consent and should the need arise.
The foundations, used to support and anchor NnG’s WTGs to the seabed, are being supplied and installed by Saipem, a global solution provider in the energy and infrastructure sectors. Saipem will also supply and install an additional two jackets for the offshore substations.
NnG is committed to utilising the Scottish supply chain and this work on the project is a further boost to the offshore wind industry in Scotland, providing new green jobs and manufacturing opportunities.
Offshore construction for NnG started in August last year with the installation of casings for the piles and preparing the seabed in advance of the arrival of the steel foundation jackets.