Pöyry boosts Scottish renewables sector

Global engineering consultancy Pöyry has launched a new division in Aberdeen dedicated to the renewables industry to boost Scotland’s capabilities in the sector.

The firm, which has expertise in biomass, wind, solar and hydro power, said that the north east was the ideal location to expand its offering in the UK.

Dr Christian Tribbe, renewables leader in Aberdeen, said: ‘The time is now right for us to build our UK services, which will primarily focus on wind and marine energy. Our wind power track record is established throughout Europe and our Aberdeen teams bring offshore expertise to complement that capability.

Pöyry currently employs more than 60 people in Aberdeen through its oil and gas division. The renewable energy division is expected to offer an additional 250 renewable energy experts to guide businesses in the region.

Tribbe added: ‘There has been a great deal of debate in the oil and gas industry about how skills can be transferred to the renewable sector.  There is no doubt that oil and gas experience can and should be used to benefit the offshore renewables sector, but we must also recognise the substantial differences between the two. We believe we can offer the best of both worlds.’

The company has been involved in projects including the design and construction support of the Glendoe hydropower scheme near Fort Augustus in the Scottish Highlands and acted as Owner’s Engineer to the Andasol III solar power project in Spain.

It also recently announced the award of a €46m (£30m) EPC contract for a total of 35MW of biomass to power infrastructure in the Philippines.