More recruitment for Moray East wind farm
Ocean Winds has announced that more than 20 new jobs are being created in the operations and maintenance phase of the Moray East offshore wind farm.
The new posts are in addition to approximately 60 positions the firm has indicated will be needed to service the development’s 100 turbines.
While the construction teams aren’t due to hand over the wind farm until next year, OW said recruitment is needed now to build and train the Operations and Maintenance team.
The existing marine co-ordination crew in Fraserburgh will be absorbed into O&M, with the construction of a new facility in the town’s harbour allowing all staff to work from the same purpose-built facility.
The windfarm is due to become fully operational in 2022 and will provide enough green energy to power 950,000 homes.
Dan Finch, OW UK director, said: “I am delighted we are growing the recruitment for the O&M phase of Moray East, currently Scotland’s largest infrastructure project.
"The lead in to the O&M phase will see a new part of the team growing around our state-of-the-art base in Fraserburgh.
"Despite the challenges caused by Covid-19 this recruitment is in addition to ongoing recruitment in the Edinburgh office as the projects mature and we prepare for new projects.”
The turbines for Moray East are being assembled at Global Energy Group’s Nigg facility. Upon completion, it will be Scotland’s largest offshore wind farm.
Banff and Buchan MP David Duguid said: “I have closely followed and supported the Moray East development and its ever-growing links to Fraserburgh and it is especially welcome to see this announcement of a further 20 new jobs in the area.
“This windfarm joins the Hywind floating windfarm off Peterhead as both developments help with the transition to green energy in the North-East.
“The UK Government has an unwavering commitment to our energy industry and new green-energy projects are bringing investment and jobs to our communities thanks to the North Sea Transition Deal announced earlier this year and the Prime Minister’s ten-point-plan announced last November."