Scottish Firm in Jobs Boost with £270M Contract Secured for Dogger Bank OWF
Aberdeen based North Star Renewables will create 130 new green jobs after winning a £270m contract to deliver three state-of-the-art vessels to Dogger Bank Offshore Wind Farm.
The Scottish firm beat off strong international competition to secure the deal to design and deliver the three-vessel service operation fleet for what will be the world’s biggest offshore wind farm being built by SSE Renewables, Equinor and Eni.
It’s another boost for the UK supply chain following the news last week that Dogger Bank turbine blades will be manufactured at the new GE factory being built in Teesside, bringing another 750 jobs.
Welcoming the news of the contract award, Scottish Government Economy Secretary Fiona Hyslop said:
“This is excellent news for the Aberdeen based North Star Renewables who are relatively new to the offshore wind sector but have a wealth of experience operating in the North Sea’s oil and gas sector.
“This contract is a welcome example of our domestic supply chain benefitting from the operation and maintenance of an offshore wind project off our coastline, bringing jobs and employment opportunities to communities in Scotland.”
The contract award is a renewables-first for North Star and represents a transformational step forward for the Scottish company in its energy transition ambitions to become a major player in the global offshore wind sector.
North Star will create 130 new full-time UK-based jobs in crewing and shore-based roles for the lifetime of the contract. Recruitment for the roles will start 12 months ahead of vessel delivery to Dogger Bank’s planned operations base in Port of Tyne. The new positions will be based across Scotland and the North East of England and will grow North Star’s existing 1,400 strong workforce, 950 of which are in the UK and 350 of which are in Scotland.