PressureFab Group is gearing up to supply wind farms off Scotland's east coast. The Dundee-based firm has just been awarded a £250,000 (€300,000) grant from Scottish Enterprise, which will form part of £935,000 (€1.1m) in investment by the company in plant and machinery. An additional 25 jobs will be created over the next two years.
Some of the investment will be channelled into heavy duty CNC plate forming and rolling machinery and advanced industrial coating and shotblasting equipment. The aim is to raise productivity, double the plant's capacity and output, and make PressureFab one of the UK's most technologically advanced steel manufacturing and industrial coating businesses.
The upgrade aims to ensure that PressureFab wins more work from Scotland's oil and gas sector and become a player in its emerging offshore wind market, by supplying turbine tower components, cable laying equipment and marine services products. Building on its oil and gas expertise, managing director Hermann Twickler said the group was ready to "handle any new challenges and opportunities that the developing renewable industry may bring."
"We are mainly targeting the two developments closest to Dundee, but everything off the east coast of Scotland is of interest to us," Twickler told Windpower Offshore. The two planned offshore wind projects closest to PressureFab's Dundee base are Mainstream Renewable Power's 420MW Neart na Gaoithe scheme and the 905MW Inch Cape project, planned by Repsol and EDP Renovaveis.
The Firth of Forth zone is also in PressureFab's sights. Around 3.5GW of capacity is planned there in three phases.