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Pict Offshore, which develops solutions for the offshore wind market, has received a £250k Regional Selective Assistance grant from Scottish Enterprise.

The Fife-based hoist manufacturer will expand production of its Get Up Safe motion compensated personnel hoist system for technicians working on wind turbines. The grant will also create up to 13 new jobs.

The funding is part of a wider multi million pound investment by Pict Offshore to expand manufacturing at its Inverkeithing site and enables the firm to accelerate the development of its R&D and assembly capabilities as it ramps up production for the offshore wind market.

Pict Offshore is a joint venture between Orsted and Limpet Technology, which had previously been supported by Scottish Enterprise and Strathclyde University to develop the new hoist technology. The GUS hoist allows technicians to transfer on and off turbines more safely and increases the competitiveness of offshore wind energy - as the use of the technology also means that there is no longer a need for access ladders and boat landing metalwork on turbines.

Scotland’s Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse said: “Indeed, we want to encourage and enable other offshore wind developers and Scottish supply chain companies to adopt a similar partnership approach to Orsted and Pict Offshore.

“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.”

Head of Low Carbon Transition at Scottish Enterprise, Andy McDonald, said: “The network of support around Fife Energy Park is also at the heart of this project as it is host to ORE Catapult’s Levenmouth Demonstrator Turbine and allowed the company to test its products on the world’s most advanced open access offshore wind turbines.

“This collaborative approach underpins Scottish Enterprise’s ethos in enabling growth alongside partners and highlights our focus on renewables and commitment to a low carbon economy too.”

Pict Offshore Managing Director Philip Taylor said: “The local expertise in offshore wind that exists in Scotland continues to play a key part of our growth. The support we have received from Scottish Enterprise and the ORE Catapult as well as Orsted has also been instrumental in bringing this new technology to market and to bringing down the time to market for the GUS system.”

Susie Haywood
Article by Susie Haywood
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