Washington firm lands 50th windfarm project

Enspec power has won its 50th windfarm contract.
Enspec power has won its 50th windfarm contract.
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A WEARSIDE company is feeling the benefits of a breeze – after landing its 50th windfarm project.

Enspec Power, based in Washington, has won a contract for the Boggeragh wind farm in Ireland.

The announcement comes at the end of the company’s 15th year, which has seen turnover increase by 25 per cent and exporting extend to 17 countries.

The firm, based at the Glover Network Centre, designs and manufactures equipment to enable wind farms and other renewable sources to connect safely to the national grid and to comply with grid legislation.

Director Dave Jones said: “Connecting wind farms to the national grid can be a complicated process.

“Every wind farm must comply with a “grid code” to ensure stability of the grid.

“We design and manufacture reactive compensation and harmonic filtration equipment to help assist with grid code compliance.

“During 2013, we have been delighted to see a big increase in demand for our products in the UK and from overseas.

“We provide energy-saving equipment for high energy users in many sectors including renewables, industrial, commercial and consultancy.

“All of our markets have shown steady growth during 2013 but we have seen the most significant increase in inquiries from the wind energy sector which is great news for businesses like ours.

“It enables us to create jobs and invest in our business.”

The combined total maximum output of every wind farm Enspec has worked on now exceeds 1500MW, enough power to supply 1.25million average UK homes.

Enspec has been supported by Sunderland City Council’s business investment team since it was established in 1998.

Council leader Coun Paul Watson said: “The enterprising way in which Enspec has driven forward into new global markets is a fantastic testimonial to the commitment of its staff and quality of its products.

“It’s great news that it has won major contracts and increased its exporting countries this year, exporting Sunderland-made products and expertise across the world.”

It is already quoting on a number of further wind farm projects.

The company also hopes to make announcements about a new export market and a renewables sector project early next year.