Innovative offshore wind turbine hoist system to be expanded

Fife-based hoist manufacturer Pict Offshore has received a £250,000 Regional Selective Assistance (RSA) grant from Scottish Enterprise to expand production at its site in Inverkeithing. The company, a joint venture between Ørsted and Limpet Technology, was formed in May 2019.

The funding, announced by Scottish Enterprise on 15 March, is part of a wider investment by Pict Offshore to expand its manufacturing and allows the company to accelerate the development of its R&D and assembly capabilities.

The Get Up Safe system, a motion compensated personnel hoist, allows technicians to transfer on and off turbines more safely and therefore increases the sector’s competitiveness.

Scotland’s Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse said: “I am pleased to see this RSA award. Indeed, we want to encourage and enable other offshore wind developers and Scottish supply chain companies to adopt a similar partnership approach to Ørsted and Pict Offshore.” He continued: “If this collaborative approach was more widely adopted in the sector, it would be a very positive step towards increasing the level of local content in projects for Scotland and further afield.”

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