GEG launches wind installation business, creating 70 Scottish jobs

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In response to recent and projected growth in the UK renewables sector, Global Port Services – part of Inverness and Aberdeen-based Global Energy Group – has launched Global Wind Projects.

Providing crane services to the sector, the new business is aiming to become one of the UK and Ireland’s leading providers of onshore and offshore wind turbine installation services.

Global Wind Projects has already secured three major contracts for 2022, leading to the creation of 35 jobs, with the Scotland-based team set to double in size by the third quarter.

Most recently, it was engaged by Nordex at the 15 wind turbine generator Harting Rig development in South Lanarkshire. At 135 metres, the project consists of some of the highest hub height turbines ever to be installed in the UK.

In June, Global Wind Projects will deploy again to South Lanarkshire at Nordex’s Cumberhead 12 wind turbine generator project, while a contract for SGRE at the eight wind turbine generator Longhill wind turbine project in West Lothian commences October – and will be the first project in the UK where SGRE 5X technology will be installed.

Global Wind Projects’ general manager Ryan Burke

Newly-appointed general manager Ryan Burke commented: “Global Wind Projects has been established to address the unprecedented growth in onshore and offshore wind around the UK and Ireland.

“We will complement the already leading crane service offered by Global Crane Services – a fellow division of Global Port Services – to offer a complete installation and crane package for wind farm developers.

“With three major onshore contracts already secured, Global Wind Projects recruited 35 skilled turbine technicians this month alone and expect to double the size of the team with three months, with further growth expected beyond that, too.”

The company has already invested in a new Liebherr LG 1750, which combines the flexibility of a 750 tonne crawler crane, with the mobility of a high-speed mobile crane – for dedicated use on wind projects.

Comprising five divisions, Global Port Services provides a range of energy, port agency and marine logistics services, with depots in Aberdeen, Invergordon, Port of Nigg, Glasgow and Northern Ireland, and a growing fleet of crane with lifting capacity ranging from 50 to 1,000 tonnes.

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