THE largest energy company in Denmark has acquired a 22.5% share in Pict Offshore.

ØRSTED partnered up with Pict Offshore, a company set up to commercialise the ‘Get Up Safe’ (GUS) system, a personnel hoist that has resulted from a two-year collaboration between Ørsted and Fife-based height safety specialist Limpet Technology.

The GUS system has been designed to safely lift technicians between small vessels and offshore wind turbines. It will make access safer and easier than the current transfer method, where technicians step from the front of a vessel onto a ladder and then climb up to twenty metres to reach the wind turbine platform. Use of this technology will allow the complete removal of access ladders and boat landing metalwork from the side of offshore turbines, saving huge quantities of steel and associated costs, which will in turn, increase the competitiveness of offshore wind energy.

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Philip Taylor, managing director at Pict Offshore, said: “We have hugely benefited from the local expertise that exists in Scotland for offshore wind and owe a great deal to Scottish Enterprise and the ORE Catapult. The experience and knowledge of Ørsted, the world’s largest offshore wind developer, has also been instrumental in bringing this new technology to market.”

Mark Porter, senior vice-president for offshore operations at Ørsted, said: “This game-changing new technology can provide a more efficient, safe and cost-effective way of transferring technicians onto offshore wind turbines.

“We’re excited to be working alongside an innovative small business in Pict Offshore to revolutionise the way our technicians get to work. The opportunities for this technology are huge.”

Assembly of the systems will take place at a new site in Inverkeithing, Fife.