Westcon Løfteteknikk is building new training facilities at Hasseløy in Haugesund, with room for about 500 students.
The project is a result of the company’s focus on renewable energy, which recently manifested itself through a new contract with Statkraft for controls of approximately 200 wind turbines along the Norwegian coast.
Managing Director in WCL, Karl Johan Jentoft, says the new facility will be an important factor for developing knowledge and competence in work on wind turbines, with certified GWO Training (Global Wind Organization).
- This facility will be especially beneficial for GWO Training and will be the only one in Haugalandet which offers this type of specialized training – close by where a lot of the development in offshore wind will take place.
In a Menon study from 2019, a value creation potential in offshore wind was estimated to 117 billion Norwegian Krone, with an estimated potential employment effect of 128 400 man-years in Norway over a period of 30 years. They also state that this implies a focused effort from Norwegian companies, especially within the maritime sector, to get access to a global market. A large, national effort represents large business opportunities for the supplier-industry to the petroleum industry.
- Our experience and knowledge fits well with this type of work and it confirms that our strategy and investments into new areas is correct and pays off, says Jentoft.
- Since 1998, we have been an important player and total supplier of expert control, industrial climbing, training and lifting equipment to Norwegian maritime and offshore industries. Which we will continue to be and invest a great deal in. Simultaneously, we see that our geographical placements gives quick and easy access to new wind parks, for efficient commissioning and development, and we have the specialized competence, experience and network needed to help build the Norwegian energy sector.
Westcon Løfteteknikk offers documented and certified training to both employees and customers, mostly aimed at the offshore industry. The demands, however, for training of personnel who will work with wind power both onshore and offshore, are increasing. WCL are therefore building new facilities in Haugesund, which, according to Jentoft, will be able to host around 500 people within a year.
- We will secure a position within this sector which will also provide important and positive ripple effects for local suppliers, he adds.
Jentoft estimates the new facilities will be up and running within November this year.