Tees firms Wilton and OSB working on Able UK’s Hornsea wind project

Tees companies Wilton Engineering and OSB are helping neighbouring firm Able UK on a major project at the world’s biggest wind farm.

Working with its Belgian subcontractors Ørsted, formerly DONG Energy, and GeoSea NV, Able Seaton Port is providing the installation base and a range of associated services for the Hornsea Project One.

The contract extends to the foundation package and includes the receipt, storage and delivery of 900-tonne monopiles and 350-tonne transition pieces.

The components are being supplied from a number of different production yards.

The monopiles are being supplied by EEW’s plant in Rostock, northern Germany, while three companies will supply the transition pieces – Bladt from Aalborg in Denmark along with OSB (Offshore Structures Britain) and Wilton Engineering.

Peter Stephenson, executive chairman of Tees-based Able UK, which operates Able Seaton Port, said: “This is another major milestone for our company.

“We see the success in securing this type of project as very much the result of our ongoing investment in precisely the sort of specialist facilities required by this sector.

“It is particularly pleasing that some of the components are being manufactured in Teesside, proving, yet again, that the area has the pedigree and the infrastructure to compete at the highest level.”

Duncan Clark, Hornsea Project One programme director, added: “Able Seaton Port has a wealth of facilities and experience that we believe will add real value in delivering logistical support to the world’s largest wind farm.”

Wilton boss Bill Scott (pictured top) told Tees Business last year that the renewable energy sector could be a “game-changer” for Teesside industry.

A 100m-long, state-of-the-art preparation and coating facility is close to being completed on the Wilton Engineering site, close to the Transporter Bridge, that will allow the firm to provide a dedicated facility for handling the giant structures required for offshore wind projects.

“By investing in the new facility, we are positioning ourselves for work we plan to win in the near future,” Scott told us.

“Teesside is perfectly positioned to supply the offshore wind sector. It is a huge hub for manufacturing and all aspects of engineering. The wealth of knowledge in the area is incredible.”

 

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