Lifting Solutions Group companies win Dutch windfarm contract

16 November 2022

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Certex UK has partnered with the Amsterdam branch of Mennens to win a major construction project contract for the Hollandse Kust Noord (HKN) windfarm off the west coast of the Netherlands.

Certex UK, which provides lifting products and services, will assist with the provision of turbine compliance services to wind turbine manufacturer Siemens Gamesa, including cranes, service lifts, statutory commissioning inspection of pressure systems, turbine-mounted safety equipment, and personal protective equipment (PPE). The contract is likely to run until September 2023.

CrossWind, which holds the permit to develop, construct and operate HKN, plans to have the site operational in 2023 and will install 69 wind turbines, the majority of which will be situated over 1km from each other.

Certex UK and Mennens – which specialises in steel wire rope, lifting and hoisting – are both part of the Lifting Solutions Group, one of six divisions within the Axel Johnson International business. Certex provides products and services to various stakeholders within the wind energy sector, including companies that manage either the installation of new wind farms, or the service and maintenance of existing sites.

The Lifting Solutions Group consists of 22 companies with over 100 locations in 19 countries, with the renewable energy sector to date largely being served from the UK and Denmark. However, a newly launched global renewables division incorporates additional companies in Holland, Germany, Spain, Poland, France, Taiwan, China and the US.

The HKN partnership follows Certex UK and Mennens’ ongoing delivery of services to Hollandse Kust Zuid (HKZ), HKN’s southern counterpart.

Terry Hoenes, divisional manager – renewables, at Certex UK, said: “We have a strong history with Siemens Gamesa for windfarm construction projects and are a trusted, proven partner. With our recently awarded ISO [17020] accreditation our customers have added assurance of quality.”

Hoenes continued: “This [deal] could lead to other work once the [HKN] windfarm becomes operational, either via service or balance of plant [BoP] contracts. We have ambitions to be the preferred global partner delivering a consistent service offering wherever the windfarm is located. Our new technical training facilities are under development so we can centralise our competence management and guarantee quality personnel worldwide.”

First power at HKN is expected by the end of 2023.

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