Transport vessels for Siemens’ blades create opportunity for Hull firm

Transport vessels for Siemens’ blades create opportunity for Hull firm
Sea Challenger. Credit: A2SEA

A Hull electrical engineering firm has signed a framework agreement to provide maintenance work on vessels transporting Siemens’ turbine blades from Green Port Hull to wind farms in the North Sea.

Pearson Electrical, based at Pioneer Park, has entered a Framework agreement with A2SEA, one of the world’s leading operators of vessels and equipment for turbine installation.

A2SEA was looking for a Hull-based company to undertake electrical repair work on its turbine installation vessels being used to install Siemens components on Dudgeon Offshore Wind Farm.

Crew on A2SEA’s Sea Challenger vessel have recently installed the first turbine on the 402MW Dudgeon Offshore Wind Farm for Statoil, Masdar and Statkraft. For the next months, the vessel will install the turbines being shipped from Green Port Hull at the city’s Alexandra Dock.

Mark Pearson, Director at Pearson Electrical, said: “For more than 30 years, we have worked in the marine, industrial and hazardous area sectors, so it’s fantastic to be able to take our expertise and apply it to wind energy. As a Hull business, we have followed the development of the Siemens blade manufacturing facility closely, and we’re delighted to play a part in the transportation of the parts to Dudgeon in the North Sea.

“A2SEA opened talks with us last year about being on the framework. Fortunately, we’d received some funding from the Green Port Growth Programme to achieve a vital ISO accreditation, which was crucial to accessing the framework.”

Jens Nielsen, Procurement Director at A2SEA, added: “It’s important for A2SEA to use and develop the local supply chain for support of our project operation in the Hull region. With the framework agreement with Pearson Electrical, A2SEA has taken another important step in this direction. Pearson Electrical has been proactive in the initial process, having the right capabilities and organisation to support future A2SEA demands within their core business.”

With an investment of over £26 million, the Green Port Growth Programme, which is supported by the Regional Growth Fund, is designed to provide continual support to help local businesses recognise and embrace potential opportunities within the renewables sector.