Aberdeen firm GWP eyes expansion with £8.6m Irish wind contracts
Aberdeen-based Global Wind Projects (GWP) is set to expand its operations after successfully completing the first of three contracts in Ireland, collectively valued at around £8.6 million.
Owned by Highland entrepreneur Roy MacGregor, the company is a division of Global Port Services and was established to meet the booming demand in both onshore and offshore wind energy across the UK and Ireland.
GWP is already planning to establish a subsidiary to cater to Ireland’s burgeoning wind energy sector. The company recently made a significant multi-million-pound investment in a Liebherr LG 1750 crane to meet increasing demand in wind turbine installations. This investment was co-financed by GWP and its sister company, Global Crane Services, both under Mr MacGregor’s Global Energy Group, The Press & Journal reports.
For its initial Irish venture, GWP partnered with German wind turbine manufacturer Nordex to provide installation and mechanical & electrical (M&E) completion services. The first contract at Rockgrid’s Ardderroo wind farm in County Galway involved installing 19 turbines in a 101-megawatt site. Work has already commenced at ABO Wind Ireland’s Sheskin development in Mayo, where GWP will install five turbines. The company will then proceed to SSE’s Yellow River site in Offaly to install 29 machines.
Global Wind Projects general manager, Ryan Burke, said: “We are delighted to have made a successful first foray into the Irish market.
“At Ardderroo it was pleasing to be able to mobilise our team at short notice to assist a valued, long-term client.”
He added: “This contract, and the two follow on projects, will see us mobilise a team of 40 personnel to sites in Galway, Mayo and Offaly and in due course we will establish a separate Irish entity to service the growing market there.”
Graham Pogson, director of projects at Nordex UK & Ireland, added: “Building on the success of projects last year within Scotland, Nordex are looking forward to working with Global Wind Projects across several projects in Ireland throughout 2023 and 2024.”
Back in Scotland, GWP has also been involved in substantial projects. The company recently secured its biggest order since its 2021 launch, a project at the Port of Dundee that created over 30 jobs and employed 90 people.
GWP was contracted by Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy to deliver 54 turbine towers for the Neart na Gaoithe offshore wind farm, located around 10 miles off the Fife coast.