Harland and Wolff wins £20m wind farm contract
Belfast firm Harland and Wolff has won a £20m contract to design and build two sub-station platforms for an offshore wind farm, it has been revealed.
It was awarded by Siemens for the Gwynt y Mor centre 10 miles off the coast of north Wales and is one of the largest projects of its type.
Belfast shipbuilder H&W has increasingly engaged in the marine renewable energy sector.
Chief executive Robert Cooper said: "We are already a recognised renewables logistics base and prototype builder and are delighted to have been awarded this contract.
"It clearly demonstrates our continuing development as part of the UK supply chain for marine renewable energy."
The Gwynt y Mor offshore wind farm is a 576 megawatt, 160 turbine wind farm. Siemens will supply the wind turbines which will be connected to the two new offshore substations and then relayed back to land.
Mr Cooper added: "A considerable number of these platforms are required to meet the Government's 2020 targets, giving substantial opportunities in the near future."
Ambitious plans to generate one third of UK electricity from renewables by 2020 formed the centrepiece of the previous Government's plans for a low carbon future.
Financial packages for wind and wave energy and changes to planning procedures were among key components of the Low Carbon Transition Plan.
The North's Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster welcomed the announcement.