AIS Training to Use ORE Catapult’s 27m Turbine Tower
- Training & Education
AIS Training has secured use of Catapult’s 27-metre high wind turbine training tower, which is located at the world-renowned National Renewable Energy Centre test and research facility in Blyth (formerly known as Narec).
At 27 metres of height, the Catapult’s onshore wind training tower is almost double the current height required for working at height training by industry bodies such as RenewableUK and the Global Wind Organisation. This additional height enables AIS Training to recreate the conditions of working at heights of real wind turbines – some of which reach 125 metres.
The training tower complements AIS’s Renewable Energy Centre of Excellence, which sits alongside its 150,000 sq ft offshore training village on North Tyneside.
Dave Bowyer, director of training and education at AIS, said: “The wind industry is experiencing unprecedented growth at the moment as a result of new offshore wind projects such as Dogger Bank and East Anglia One. We are anticipating training many of the workers required to meet this demand, which is great news for the North East putting us firmly at the forefront of skills and competency training for the global wind energy sector.”
Tony Quinn, Operations Director at ORE Catapult, commented: “With operation and maintenance (O&M) costs accounting for between 20-25% of the total lifetime costs of an offshore wind farm, working at height and vessel transfer is an essential yet hazardous process when conducting vital operations and maintenance.
“Our partnership with AIS and the training tower provides a perfect environment to support the training of technicians embarking on a career in the wind industry, and I look forward to exploring future opportunities together to meet the demands of the sector.”