Firm to boost Fife economy with Dong Energy contract
Engineering support services firm Babcock has been awarded a multi-million pound contract by Dong Energy to construct a reactive compensation station for the Hornsea Project One offshore wind farm, on the east coast of England, at its base in Rosyth.
The contract has been welcomed, in particular, by Fife Council.
Cllr 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.
“I am delighted that Babcock Modern Apprentices will also be involved in the project. Fife Council is committed to developing our local young workforce, and we continue to work with Babcock on a range of initiatives involving apprentices and schools.
“Fife Council continues to work with Babcock and other landowners in showcasing the world leading facilities, capabilities and companies on the Rosyth Waterfront.”
The announcement follows Babcock’s revelation at the end of 2015 that it’s set to develop a new multi- million pound state-of-the-art engineering centre in Rosyth, as part of an ongoing investment programme on the Fife site.
Fife Council says the reactive compensation station is a vital part of transmitting to shore, the clean electricity produced by the offshore wind farm, enabling the high voltage AC system to work with cable lengths longer than those previously used for offshore wind.
The reactive compensation station will be located between the offshore wind farm and shore.