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Stowen, the inspection, servicing and certification specialist focusing on the life maintenance of offshore wind turbines, has boosted its business potential by becoming part of the Windlogix Group.
Stowen, alongside sister company, training provider Hexis, has joined the newly formed group, which also includes Windhoist, a globally respected provider of on and offshore turbine erection services.
The combination of the businesses will enable the provision of a turnkey, joined-up service for offshore wind farms from installation to maintenance.
Stowen, which is a member of NOF, the UK business development organisation for the energy sectors, has its head office in Yarmouth, Norfolk, and offshoots in Grimsby, Glasgow and Irvine. Hexis’ renewable technical and safety training facilities are based in Lowestoft and Irvine.
Providing services in inspection & integrity, construction & project management and maintenance & modfifications, Stowen covers areas such as NDT, confined space, rope access, coatings/corrosion, welding/fabrication, hydraulic & pressure systems and scaffolding and access platforms.
Windhoist, which is a leading wind turbine installation company, provides heavy cranage as well as mechanical and electrical services to the renewables industry with more than 19GW of turbine erection experience.
Mathew Owen, Stowen managing director, said: “We are very proud to help form the Windlogix Group, which has been established to integrate complementary capabilities, therefore providing on-and-offshore wind farm developers and operators with a ‘cradle to grave’ service portfolio.
“Stowen’s extensive track record, along with Hexis’ accredited training expertise, combined with Windhoist’s installation specialism will create considerable opportunities for existing and future customers to benefit from an integrated service provision.
“It also creates a platform for continued growth that will be delivered organically and through further strategic acquisitions as we bolster capabilities to serve clients at every state of the wind farm lifecycle.
Paul Livingstone, NOF's head of business development and membership, said: “Stowen's strategic move, to become part of a larger group, will enhance its ability to win more work and make a bigger contribution to the energy transition towards sustainable, renewable energy generation.
“The UK offshore wind supply chain has a global reputation and through collaboration, either through partnerships, or as in the case of Windlogix Group, by building a portfolio of companies, this country can play an even greater role in the development, operations and maintenance of offshore wind farms.”