Fife Council welcomes the announcement that Fife-based leading engineering support services company Babcock has been awarded a multi-million pound contract by Siemens for the construction of two Offshore Transformer Modules for a major offshore wind farm in the Outer Morag Firth.
Councillor Lesley Laird, Fife Council’s Depute Leader and Executive Spokesperson for Economy and Planning said:
“This announcement is great news for Babcock, one of our largest employers, and for local people across Fife.
“This latest development is significant for the UK’s renewables sector, and reinforces Fife’s position on the world stage for renewables.
“Babcock’s achievements show that Fife has a first class engineering skills-base, world leading facilities at Rosyth and that investing in the region can reap real business benefits. Its success story sends a strong message to other national and international companies that Fife has a lot to offer.
Fife Council continues to work with Babcock and other landowners in showcasing the world leading facilities, capabilities and companies on the Rosyth Waterfront.”
Babcock, from its facility in Rosyth, has been awarded the contract to construct two Offshore Transformer Modules (OTM™) destined for the Beatrice Offshore Windfarm Limited (BOWL) project in the Outer Moray Firth.
Working with its client, Siemens – Transmission and Distribution, Babcock will develop and deliver the Offshore Transformer Modules during the first half of 2018, sustaining at least 60 skilled jobs during the contract.
Once complete, the transformers, each suitable for 300MW when connected into the grid system via an onshore substation, will take their place in the 131.5km² development site, around 13.5km off the Caithness coastline.
Ian Donnelly, Babcock’s Managing Director, Energy and Marine Services, said:
“We are delighted to be selected by Siemens for this important project in the Beatrice Offshore Windfarm Limited project.
“With our extensive capability and capacity in integrated engineering and manufacture projects, our commitment to quality and our passion for excellence, we are the perfect choice for Siemens to work with to develop these critical components.
“The skills and experience our people bring to the energy sector have been recognised by Siemens and that can only be a positive thing for our company, our employees and the long-term future of our Rosyth facility as Babcock continues to build a solid reputation and a significant presence in the offshore energy sector.”