Fife hoist manufacturer, Pict Offshore, has received a £250k Regional Selective Assistance (RSA) grant from Scottish Enterprise to expand production at its site in Inverkeithing.
The funding is part of a multi-million pound investment by the company to accelerate its R&D development and assembly capabilities to increase production for the offshore wind market.
Pict Offshore was formed in May 2019 and is a joint venture between Orsted and Limpet Technology, which had previously been supported by Scottish Enterprise and Strathclyde University to develop the new hoist technology
Working with Orsted, the world’s largest developer of offshore wind farms, Pict Offshore commercialised the ‘Get Up Safe’ (GUS) system – a motion compensated personnel hoist.
The hoist, which won an innovation award at the Scottish Green Awards in December 2019, allows technicians to transfer on and off turbines more safely, thus increasing the competitiveness of offshore wind energy.
Assembly of the hoists will take place in Inverkeithing and Pict Offshore aims to create 13 new highly-skilled jobs during 2020 and to start placing orders with the local supply chair.
Announcing the RSA award, Scotland’s Energy Minister, Paul Wheelhouse, said: “I am pleased to see this RSA award. Indeed we want to encourage and enable other offshore wind developers and Scottish supply chain companies to adopt a similar partnership to Orsted and Pict Offshore.
“If this collaborative approach was more widely adopted in the sector, it would be a very positive step towards increasing the level of local content in projects for Scotland and further afield.”