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Harland & Wolff awarded major fabrication contract

Posted on 19 Apr 2021 and read 425 times
Harland & Wolff awarded major fabrication contractBelfast-based Harland & Wolff, the iconic shipyard with over 160 years of maritime and offshore engineering heritage, has been awarded a contract by Saipem Ltd for the fabrication and load-out of eight wind turbine generator (WTG) jacket foundations which will service the EDF Renewables and ESB owned Neart na Gaoithe Offshore Wind Farm project (pictured) located in the outer Firth of Forth in Scotland. The contract schedule is due to commence on 1 July and is anticipated to create around 290 direct and indirect jobs.

The manufacture of the eight WTG jacket foundations will principally be conducted at Harland and Wolff’s newly acquired Methil facilities in Scotland (formerly owned by BiFab which it acquired in February). Should there be an opportunity to further optimise the works programme and make the contract more cost-effective, Harland & Wolff and Saipem will work jointly to spread additional workstreams within the contract across its three other sites in Belfast, Arnish and Appledore.

With its unrivalled UK fabrication facilities, Harland & Wolff’s multi-site approach can reduce fabrication timelines by as much as 30% – offering project developers a faster route to project monetisation and de-risking fabrication projects.

Harland & Wolff’s four sites offer a combined footprint of over 334.6 hectacres, with well over 72,000m2 of undercover fabrication capacity. Belfast comprises two of the largest drydocks in the UK, second largest in Europe, each at 356 and 556m in length while Arnish has the largest fabrication hall in Europe.

Both the Arnish and Methil sites offer 580,000m2 of total site area and 24,000 tonnes of quayside load-out capabilities, with an annual throughput tonnage estimated at over 100,000 tonnes.

John Wood, CEO of InfraStrata, the owners of Harland and Wolff, said: “I believe that this contract paves the way for the execution and delivery of future fabrication contracts, a significant number of which are currently in advanced negotiations. The geographical proximity of our Methil facility to the North Sea makes it an ideal site for fabrication and load-out to wind farm projects such as this.

“More importantly, it validates our strategic vision of expanding the Group’s fabrication footprint into regions that are strategically located within proximity to major wind farm projects. This will enable us to spread workstreams across our facilities to drive down costs, deliver against tight schedules and, crucially, align ourselves to the Government’s goal of providing wind generated power to all homes in the UK by 2030.“

He concluded: “I am confident that this is only the beginning of a stream of projects in our pipeline that we expect to come to fruition. We are hugely excited about the massive potential that this first contract has unlocked, and we look forward to working with Saipem to successfully deliver under it.”