A Belfast company was awarded a major contract today to build a power station for a huge windfarm in the Irish Sea.
Powerteam Electrical Services (PES) will construct and furnish the substation for the Walney offshore farm off the Lancashire coast in north west England. The contract is worth £800,000 (€960,000).
More than 150,000 homes will be powered from energy generated by 51 turbines erected in the water.
The PES-built substation will be located on dry land in Heysham. It will take nine months to construct.
Alastair Dawson, managing director of Powerteam Electrical Services, said: “We have put a lot of time and effort over the last few years into developing our business to meet the demands of the current electricity market.
“Today, one of the key areas of focus of the electricity infrastructure industry is on bringing increasing amounts of renewable energy on to the grid.
“We have completed several contracts for onshore wind farms and are delighted that with this contract we have extended our portfolio to include offshore.
“Recent Government decisions to grant increasing rights of development on the seabed off the British coast indicate that this will be a growing market so we are pleased to have gained a foothold in it already.”