Ridgeway Renewables carves competitive position in offshore wind sector


Belfast-based Ridgeway Renewables has delivered a substantial contract on EDF Teesside Offshore Wind Farm following assistance from Invest Northern Ireland.

The company recently worked as principal subcontractor to North East based engineering solutions specialist Marske Site Services MSS to deliver Ridgeways innovative filter units as a turnkey package to EDF Energy. Together Ridgeway and MSS have developed a strong integrated delivery system and competitive profile within this high growth marketplace.

The unique filter units are manufactured by a Japanese firm Sumisho Kyowa Limited for offshore wind turbine monopile sea scour protection as well as target markets in the oil and gas and civil engineering sectors. They are designed to protect sub-sea foundations, cables and pipelines whilst also creating and developing a natural marine habitat. Simple, fast and accurate to install this solution offers a no maintenance alternative to rock dump and concrete mattress competition.

Commenting on the project, Alison Gowdy, Invest NI’s Director of Sector and Cluster Development, said: “Ridgeway Renewables established a partnership with Sumisho Kyowa following introductions facilitated by Invest NI and has developed their market profile with trade and marketing assistance.

“Northern Ireland has been very active in renewable energy development and the Offshore Energy sector is a key area where Invest NI sees real economic opportunity. It is important that companies across Great Britain and Ireland work together to provide value added products and services to the expanding offshore wind sector. Ridgeway Renewables is a strong example of this practise at work.”

Ridgeway Renewables is one of 14 local businesses exhibiting on Invest NI’s stand at this week’s RenewableUK Offshore Wind event in Manchester. The event is designed to keep businesses up to date with developments, key issues and growth opportunities within the UK - the world’s most advanced offshore wind market.

“There is an increasing number of manufacturing and engineering companies that are diversifying to capitalise on the significant potential which exists in the renewable energy market,” Alison continued. “The RenewableUK event offers a platform for Northern Ireland business to investigate the possible supply chain opportunities over the next five to ten years,” she added.

Tim Bland, EDF Teesside project manager, said: “Scour protection of the turbine foundations is a fundamental engineering requirement for the project to ensure the integrity and stability of the structures.”

Stephen Kane, Managing Director of Ridgeway Renewables added: “We have worked hard to position Ridgeway Renewables at the forefront of the supply of specialist technologies and materials to the renewables industry. The support we have received from Invest NI has been essential in building our market profile and securing this valuable business with EDF Energy will help us to leverage future supply chain contracts.”

Northern Ireland has a focused cluster of over 200 companies working in the wind and marine renewable energy sectors offering a range of manufacturing and support services.

The 14 Northern Ireland companies will be exhibiting on Stand 140 at Renewable UK Offshore Wind 2013 from 12-13 June.