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SPOTLIGHT ON IRELAND


SOUND BASE COST REDUCTION


“We believe the cost of an installed turbine at sea can be dramatically reduced compared to traditional technologies.” says Mr McVeigh. “The Bucket Foundation utilises technology which has been proven for decades in the oil and gas sector. It uses less steel, is lighter, requires no piling and can be installed and fully removed from a floating vessel. With no transition piece, operations are reduced and there is no requirement for grouting.”


Alongside R&D, investment in facilities, equipment and training mean Harland and Wolff has reinforced itself at the forefront in design and manufacturing for offshore renewables as well as conventional offshore gas and oil projects.


“The fact that we had a sound base on an ideal deep harbour location was a good starting point.” says Mr McVeigh. “Having now acquired 2 large Rubb structures to enhance our painting capability, bought a new 520 tonne shipyard transporter to complement our existing fleet, and our welding management system certified to ISO 3834 means we are perfectly positioned and resourced to undertake any large scale manufacturing and fabrication project.”


IMAGINATION AND NERVE


The evolution from ship building to offshore renewables took imagination and nerve; but in the end, the link between the two was clear.


“Ship building requires the same skills sets which large scale offshore engineering projects such as wind farms and platforms demand, so our direction was clear.” says Mr McVeigh.


“The most strident changes in the last decade, however, have been to do with health and safety. This has always been Harland and Wolff’s first priority and before we even consider a project the health and safety component is the first to be scrutinised.” he says.


QUALITY, SCHEDULE ADHERENCE AND SAFETY


“Our current major projects, E.ON’s Humber Gateway substation jacket and Kvaerner Verdal’s oil & gas platform


jacket pile clusters, were secured on our proven quality and schedule adherence. However, our commitment to safety and environmental protection is of vital importance, not only to H&W but also our customers.”


DIVERSITY AT THE CORE


Diversity has been at the core of Harland and Wolff’s success and it’s no surprise that the company has created a broad range of products and projects for offshore tidal and wave power generation projects, including two wave power and one tidal prototypes.


THE FUTURE


If Harland and Wolff’s past goes back to the 1860s, the outlook for the future looks set for more innovation and diversification. In the mean time, the firm has carved out a very firm share of the offshore renewables market and intends to stay there.


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