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One of Europe’s leading manufacturers and distributors of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) and Maintenance Repair and Operational (MRO) equipment - Gibb Group - has announced it has successfully delivered volume numbers of MSA Latchway Sealed Self-Retracting Lifelines and systems for Tier I supplier, Saipem, as part of its operational delivery on the Neart Na Gaoithe (NNG) windfarm.
Located 15km off the east coast of Scotland, in the outer firth of forth, the NNG windfarm is being developed by EDF Renewables UK and Energy for Generations. Work on the windfarm started in 2019 and is expected to complete in 2023. Once, completed, the site is expected to generate around 450MW of renewable energy, enough to power 375,000 homes.
As part of the ongoing NNG project, Gibb Group has delivered a range of safety, survival and PPE equipment that will enable project personnel to operate safely and effectively on site. This has included a range of workwear including harsh environment suits, life jackets and harnesses together with a range of other general safety and survival equipment.
In addition to this, the PPE and MRO provider has supplied Tier 1 contractor, Saipem, with a volume of MSA Latchways, outside of its original scope of work. Intended to be used as a connecting element within a personal fall arrest system for Turbine access , the Latchways formed an integral part of the NNG work programme and – to avoid downtime – were required by Saipem in quick turnaround and to locations in the UK and Overseas.
Speaking about the additional scope of work, Terry Simmons, MD at Gibb Group said: “We were obviously delighted to win this additional piece of work from Saipem and see this as a real testament to the agility and flexibility of our team deliver essential PPE equipment to very tight timescales.
“Sourcing and delivering equipment – where if it’s not received on deadline, results in costly downtime–can be a challenge and we are very proud of the fact that Gibb Group – through our extensive network of manufacturers, the stock we hold and our ability to immediately ship - has gained a reputation as the industry provider who can absolutely meet this challenge.”
Saipem is a leading company in the engineering, drilling and construction of major projects in the energy and infrastructure sectors.
Gibb Group is a leading provider of PPE and Maintenance Repair and Operational equipment and has been supplying to the energy sector for over 70 years. After diversifying its product and service offerings in line with the growth of renewable energy, the company is now one of the leading PPE specialists in the wind sector. The company has recently opened a new £2m state-of-the-art distribution and service hub in Great Yarmouth and has recruited 12 new members of staff and two new apprentices to support its growth and ongoing client demand.