80 Belfast jobs supported as Harland and Wolff exports to German windfarm project

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  • Northern Ireland's Harland and Wolff has won a multi-million pound wind turbines contract, supporting 80 jobs in Belfast.

    The Belfast company will manufacture and export parts for the Borkum Riffgrund 2 project, an offshore 56 turbine windfarm off Germany.

    Greg Hands, UK International Trade Minister said: "This multi-million pound contract is a boost for high-skilled manufacturing jobs in Northern Ireland.”

    He added: “Harland and Wolff's innovative designs and expertise can help make renewable energy projects like Borkum Riffgrund 2 possible, as UK exports help tackle climate change across the world."

    Harland and Wolff's Director of Business Development Jonathan Guest, said: "H&W is delighted to be involved in the Borkum Riffgrund 2 project, continuing to support manufacturing jobs in Belfast and contributing to UK exports. We are committed to the retention of manufacturing skills in Northern Ireland and projects such as this enable us to both develop our in-house capability and support the local supply chain."

    Casper Frost Thorhauge, Deputy Programme Director, Borkum Riffgrund 2, said: "DONG Energy is a pan-European company and the UK is a strategic market for us. We have a growing number of UK offshore windfarms, including four currently in construction, and more in the pipeline. We have been working hard to build and develop a UK supply chain, so we are delighted to see UK firms exporting their expertise to our European projects, demonstrating that the UK can lead the world not only in offshore wind capacity, but create a world-leading competitive supply chain too."

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