Global Reach at Offshore Wind Energy

Houlder’s offshore wind activities are gaining momentum in Europe and East Asia prompting the company to exhibit at the world’s largest wind energy event, Offshore Wind Energy 2017, London Excel,  June 6th-8th. (Stand S-F12)

As well as showcasing their equipment and services at the exhibition, Houlder has hosted events during the exhibition for major European operators and a delegation from Taiwan (pictured below) who are visiting the UK with support from the UK Department of Trade & Industry.  Houlder is ideally placed to help thanks to a range of handling equipment, engineering services and modelling tools that help utilities, operators and contractors de-risk their construction plans.

“We help windfarm developers in their ongoing quest for increased cost effectiveness and efficiency, while not compromising on safety” explains James A. Russell, Houlder’s Marine Equipment Director. “We work on every stage of development from the very earliest planning and evaluation phases, through innovative design and concept development to the sharp end; supplying and installing handling systems, lifting equipment, seafastenings and subsea infrastructure.

Alongside its award-winning equipment, Houlder is highlighting its logistics modelling and decision support consultancy service. Houlder’s team, already proven through work on the Walney Extension Project for Siemens Windpower, virtually models and optimises the entire process of installing a wind farm from the component factory to final installation and commissioning. See a typical output below. Our consultants work allows operators to test their original plans, identify bottlenecks, failure points and opportunities for improvement.

Offshore Wind Energy 2017

“Our cross-industry platform allows the end user to apply modules specific to their business, and perform a two-phase optimisation” explains Aaron McDougall, Houlder’s Head of Advanced Analysis. “First, we explore big-ticket items to identify opportunities to improve performance; second we run limitless variations to identify and exploit marginal gains.”

Houlder’s pile handling and restraint arms (below), also on display at the exhibition by way of a scale model, will start a second lease contract later this year. The arms were successfully deployed during the Rampion Offshore Windfarm construction for Eon Climate & Renewables.

With an eye on wider global opportunities, the Houlder team look forward to taking its place at the world’s largest offshore conference and exhibition. Offshore Wind Energy 2017  event is at the forefront of the technological, political, and market innovations driving offshore wind into the future. If you’re are at the event and would like to meet them, visit stand S-F12 or contact our London office.

You can read more about the event here.

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