Pegasus Welfare Solutions plans Scotland base after Moray East contract win

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UK-based Pegasus Welfare Solutions Ltd (PWS) is investing in a new fabrication base in Scotland after its first contract win there for its offshore hygiene and welfare units.

It will build all its patented multi-unit portable toilets and lightweight welfare ‘habitats' for the three substations for the Moray East offshore wind farm, and for future Scotland contracts, to contribute to local content for developers.

Further expansion for the east of England business is a move to a new fabrication base and head office in Norfolk next month at the heart of the UK's offshore wind growth.

Its Moray East contract, worth £150,000, is to supply its patented multi-unit portable toilets and lightweight welfare ‘habitats’, with cleaning and sanitising equipment, to support Moray Offshore Windfarm (East) Limited (MOWEL) to provide workers with a ‘Covid-secure’ workplace. 

PWS managing director Dan Greeves is currently working with local authorities to secure the new site. The Moray East contract will run throughout the 100-turbine wind farm’s construction phase, with future options. The contract for the modular units built on marine grade aluminium frames is its third offshore wind contract win in six weeks.

Mr Greeves designed and patented the unique welfare solutions after identifying an opportunity to provide the same workforce hygiene facilities as on shore. As well as toilets, the units can provide showers and eye wash and hand wash stations.

PWS claims its solutions also improve safety and productivity offshore by cutting down ladder climbs to and from CTVs for toilets and handwashing by at least a third.

Marcel Sunier, MOWEL project director, said: "This contract led by Moray East is the latest in a series of wins for UK business in the renewable sector, will facilitate an expansion by PWS who plan to further invest in local premises and staff to meet operational needs.

“We are very pleased to see that the PWS modular concept will see local investment, enabling units to be fabricated and assembled in Scotland and will stimulate the local supply chain, both through new jobs to be created and subcontract opportunities within the supply chain.

“A win-win, as we ensure the provision of a safe workplace whilst continuing to construct this critical asset, to strengthen the provision of clean energy from offshore wind.”

Mr Greeves said: “This contract builds on the importance of providing a simple but effective hygiene and welfare environment that has become a mainstay of keeping people safe offshore. Our innovative patented design is a cost-effective solution that adds value to clients.

“The award by MOWEL recognises the benefit Pegasus products and systems bring to the offshore wind sector. As the ‘new normal’ becomes commonplace offshore, PWS has invested in creating a suite of solutions that are imperative in a COVID-19 world and are proven to increase safety and productivity whilst enabling diversity by offering female workers hygiene facilities and reducing cost.”

The 950 MW Moray East project is being developed by Moray Offshore Windfarm East Ltd (MOWEL), a joint venture company owned by Diamond Green Limited (33.4%), EDPR (33.3 %), ENGIE (23.3%) and CTG (10%). It will feature 100 MHI Vestas V164-9.5 MW turbines and three offshore substations which are to be installed around 22km from the coast in the Moray Firth, Scotland. The project secured a Contract for Difference of £57.50/MWh from the UK Government in 2017 and is due to start generating power in 2021. Construction on the project started in winter 2018 with commencement of the onshore works and the windfarm is expected to be fully operational in 2022.

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