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Pegasus offshore welfare innovations clean up

Norfolk-based Pegasus Welfare Solutions secures its third offshore wind contract win in six weeks for its ground-breaking offshore hygiene and welfare products.

Pegasus Welfare Solutions’ (PWS) patented multi-unit portable toilets and lightweight welfare ‘habitats’, along with cleaning and sanitising equipment, will support all three offshore substations on the Moray Offshore Wind Farm (East) Limited (MOWEL) to provide workers with a ‘Covid-secure’ workplace.

The contract - to run throughout the wind farm’s construction phase, with future options - includes providing and ongoing management of all welfare provision for the substations on the 100-turbine wind farm in the Moray Firth, Scotland.

The contract win - PWS’ first in Scotland - will also lead to expansion for the East of England-based business. It plans to set up a fabrication centre in Scotland for its modular units built on marine grade aluminium frames, and is preparing to move into a new head office and manufacturing base in Lenwade, Norfolk, soon.

PWS' Moray East contract is its third offshore wind contract win in six weeks, and the solutions are also suitable for oil and gas platforms and nuclear construction projects.

PWS managing director Dan Greeves designed and patented the unique welfare solutions after identifying an opportunity to provide the same workforce hygiene facilities as on shore.

As well as meeting health regulations, PWS solutions also improve safety and productivity offshore by cutting down ladder climbs to and from CTVs for toilets and handwashing by at least a third.

Mr Greeves said: “This contract builds on the importance of providing a simple but effective hygiene and welfare environment that has become a mainstay of keeping people safe offshore. Our innovative patented design is a cost-effective solution that adds value to clients.

“The award by MOWEL recognises the benefit Pegasus products and systems bring to the offshore wind sector. As the ‘new normal’ becomes commonplace offshore, PWS has invested in creating a suite of solutions that are imperative in a Covid-19 world and are proven to increase safety and productivity while enabling diversity by offering female workers hygiene facilities and reducing cost.”

Marcel Sunier, MOWEL project director, said: “This contract led by Moray East is the latest in a series of wins for UK business in the renewable sector, and will facilitate an expansion by PWS, which plans to further invest in local premises and staff to meet operational needs.

“We are very pleased to see that the PWS modular concept will see local investment, enabling units to be fabricated and assembled in Scotland and will stimulate the local supply chain, both through new jobs to be created and subcontract opportunities within the supply chain.

“A win-win, as we ensure the provision of a safe workplace whilst continuing to construct this critical asset, to strengthen the provision of clean energy from offshore wind.”

PWS will also provide bespoke offshore hot water handwash stations to combat Covid-19 to Triton Knoll offshore wind farm.

World Health Organisation advice is handwashing is the most effective infection prevention and control, and the new self-contained hot water unit for frequent hand washing was designed in a swift reaction to ‘new normal’ offshore hygiene risks.

The stations are now being rolled out at Triton Knoll as part of its ongoing contract for welfare facilities during construction to deliver the same hygiene facilities and standards to offshore workforces as onshore.

Mr Greeves said: “Sometimes we think of innovation as the latest cutting-edge engineering coming out of the lab. But that’s not always the innovation we need to solve immediate issues. Sometimes what is needed is to develop something simple and functional that can really solve the immediate problem.

“As the new normal requires projects to allow for items such as those provided by Pegasus, the business has adapted to meet the demand. This award signifies PWS’ ability to diversify and help cater for the ever-changing environment we are all working in.”

PWS’ modular systems of lightweight frames made from marine-grade aluminium can be used as toilets, showers, eye wash, and first aid stations. They can be lifted on to offshore substations, turbines and platforms and need no additional infrastructure. Each unit is within its own certified offshore lifting frame and simply needs an industry standard 110v supply.

A spokesman for the Triton Knoll project said: “We are always pleased to work with and support businesses like Pegasus, which are looking to innovate within the offshore sector, where the UK is a global leader. With its wealth of experience and innovation, our support sector has a great opportunity to export its skills into new markets around the world.

Triton Knoll will comprise 90 MHI Vestas 9.5 MW turbines located 32 kilometers off the Lincolnshire coast. The 857 MW offshore wind project is expected to be commissioned in 2021.