During the covid-19 pandemic, it has become clear that companies can adapt quickly, collaborate and find innovative solutions when met with a shared threat or goal. This also applies to the goal of ensuring a sustainable future.
The latest edition of the Business Focus Magazine focuses on a number of companies within e.g. the energy and construction industries that are inspiring in terms of taking required steps of sustainability.
Spoiler alert. ProCon has been included in this edition, and we are naturally honored to be so.
We have been chosen due to our solutions, our market position, our partnership-oriented and innovative mindset, as well as many other aspects of our business, which Strategic Business & Brand Developer Thomas Padfield and Head of Construction Thomas Dybro Larsen were interview about.
View the entire magazine and find our article on page 72 – 77 through this link.
Or check out the stand-alone article about ProCon Wind Energy here.
Our global activities and projects are growing, and we have therefore made some organizational upgrading and brought in additional specialist competences to continue to ensure quality and efficiency as well as to minimize interfaces.
This means that we have had the pleasure of welcoming back Ronni Kim Jensen, who has re-joined the ProCon family after a little more than a year away. He has re-started as Electrical Engineer at our headquarters in Aalborg.
Also, we want to congratulate and thank Sanna Lambers and Lasse Raun Jensen for taking on their new positions within our company.
Ms. Lambers has accepted a new function where she will be responsible for both our QHSE and HR department, which she sees great potential for streamlining and improving.
At the same time, Lasse has been internally recruited to a position as Tender Manager where his project manager experience and network will contribute to a more insightful and technical tender approach.
Following Lasse’s change of role, we have a Project Manager job opening.
Read more here: https://lnkd.in/d6Knwmr
Earlier this year, ProCon was awarded the MV/HV work scope for the 475 MW Nysater onshore wind project in Sweden.
Thus, we are happy to announce that we are responsible for the MV cable routing in the towers and nacelles; the commissioning of transformers and switchgears, the protection relay testing as well as the energizing of the 114 wind turbines.
The scope was awarded by Windhoist Ltd, who the WTG supplier and EPC contractor Nordex Group appointed to carry out the installation work.
Our work started in week 35 and is set to finalize in the spring of 2021. Upon completion, the Nysater project, which is being jointly developed by RWE and Energy Infrastructure Partners AG (EIP), will become the second biggest onshore wind farm in Sweden and one of the biggest onshore wind farms in Europe.
We are proud to be a part of the project and look forward to continuing our positive cooperation with the involved parties.
We are pleased to announce that our local US office will be located at Groundworks, joining the local community of Offshore Wind companies, in the Port of New Bedford, Massachusetts.
Here, we will become a part of a growing offshore wind cluster ready to provide Developers, OEMs, EPCIs and fabricators with specialist solutions.
In addition to this, we are pleased to be supported by Xodus Group in the establishment of our US presence. Thus, we already have boots on the ground, have started developing our setup to meet customers, understand local stakeholder requirements and we are actively engaging with the local supply chain. Consequently, we have also become a part of the New Bedford Ocean Cluster.
Our US office can be reached on Tel: +1 508 817 508 6 and/or mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, but if you want to learn more about ProCon’s activities in the US, please contact either Thomas Dybro Larsen or Thomas Padfield.
We are delighted to announce that we have signed a contract with Bladt Industries A/S regarding the electrical installation and outfitting of the 38 transition pieces for RWE Renewables’ Kaskasi offshore wind farm.
“I am proud that ProCon Wind Energy and Bladt Industries once again are contributing to the growing offshore wind market together. Our latest project cooperation on Danish Kriegers Flak was a success and we will of course build on this experience. Credit must also be given to the teams of Bladt Industries and ProCon who managed to get the deal in place despite of Covid-19. It goes to show how effective a good dialogue and virtual meetings can be.” – CEO, Claus Søgaard Poulsen.
Purchasing related to the project has already started, while the installation and outfitting is set to initiate in January 2021 but really begin in March. Our team will be led by Thomas Dybro Larsen and ProCon's Construction team in Aalborg.
When completed, the Kaskasi wind farm is expected to provide power to more than 400,000 German households.
On the 1st of November 2020, our Esbjerg location officially changed to Kanalen 1, DK6700 Esbjerg, where we have become a part of NorSea' House of Offshore Innovation.
We are glad to have become a part of the existing network of wind industry players and we look forward to enjoying the company of our peers as well as the new surroundings.
The big housewarming is postponed until Covid-19 allows us to throw such but ProCon Wind Energy’s Head of Service Martin Fink Vang Jensen will gladly give a tour and have a coffee-talk for those interested.
ProCon Wind Energy join forces with Pict Offshore, a JV between Ørsted and Limpet Technology, to deliver new GUS system for Hornsea 2.
Last week, it was announced that Ørsted is revolutionizing offshore transfers with a new technology: https://lnkd.in/dgdrCSM
Now, we can proudly announce that we are contributing to this revolutionizing since we have entered into an agreement with Pict Offshore regarding the onshore commissioning of their GUS system on the 165 TPs for Ørsted's Hornsea 2 Offshore Wind Farm.
The GUS system, a personnel hoisting system, has been developed to replace external ladders with the purpose of boosting safety for technicians and reducing steelwork requirements as well as costs related to construction and through-life.
Our commissioning work, managed by Martin Fink Vang Jensen and Chris Jacobsen, is already taking place at Bladt Industries A/S in Aalborg Denmark and at DEME Group's site in Eemshaven.
It's official. ProCon Wind Energy wins the installation and commissioning of the electrical scope of the transition pieces of the "Parc éolien en mer de St Nazare"
We are proud to announce that our team has closed a deal with Eiffage Métal, concerning the electrical scope above for the first offshore wind farm off the French coast.
The electrical outfitting of the TPs will take place at Eiffage Métal's site in Hoboken before the TPs will be transferred to Saint-Nazaire (Loire-Atlantique) where they are to be installed.
Our work has already begun and it is expected to run until Q2 2021.
The team leading the project is the same team which completed the Yunlin project, announced last week.
For the previous months, ProCon has been at work on the Taiwanese offshore wind farm, Yunlin. ProCon was awarded the electrical outfitting of 80 E-modules and pre-assembly work on 40 TP´s for Smulders.
The Yunlin Wind Farm will be located 8 kilometers off the coast of Yunlin county and will, once completed, be the second largest Taiwanese wind farm and provide electricity to more than 450,000 local households.
Our team in Hoboken was led by Thomas Dybro Larsen, Chris Jacobsen, søren stæhr and Artur T. Malec.
Head of Construction Thomas Dybro Larsen ascribes the success to the great team and the cooperation with Smulders: “Firstly, we would like to thank our Belgian team for a great effort on the project. ProCon is also happy to continue the trustworthy, long-standing cooperation with Smulders on our first project in Taiwan. We are looking forward to completing many more with the assistance of our new Asia General Manager James Wu”.
Although, Yunlin has been completed, ProCon continues to be present in Hoboken, Belgium as we have been awarded yet another project.
At ProCon, on-going learning and upgrading of our employees’ capabilities is important.
As CEO Claus Søgaard Poulsen states: “Only through investment in our employees are we able to continue to deliver quality, meet customer requirements as well as increase internal trust, motivation and loyalty.”
ProCon has practiced this in several ways. The latest example was when our HR department sent six experienced electricians on a High Voltage course at Skive College.
The electricians were educated in “Montage of HV-cables in offshore installations” as well as “Safety, L-AUS/AUS for operators with High Voltage”. Having completed the course, all six have gained a wider knowledge about preparing HV cables and installing HV equipment so they e.g. can perform effective terminations on T-connectors regarding both transformers and switchgear solutions.
Their training has already been put into good use as ProCon is currently working on a newly awarded onshore wind project in Sweden where we are responsible for HV/MV installation and termination.
Today, ProCon Group launched its new platform for electrical engineers and technicians familiar with or interested in the wind and/or solar industry.
The job bank and networking platform will thus be a cross industry platform used by both ProCon Wind Energy and ProCon Technic.
ProConnected has been developed to ensure a database of competent and accessible specialists that can contribute to PWE's and PT's increasing global and diverse projects.
In return for their enrolment, the members of the platform can enjoy several benefits, including
access and priority employment to the latest job openings and enquiries at ProCon; a networking forum where different topics and news can be discussed with peers; top news from the solar and wind industry; finding and sales fees; and many more.
The platform is free of charge and non-binding, and open for all. It does not matter if you are currently employed elsewhere, have made other commitments, or are looking for either permanent, project, contractor, self-employed or freelancer employment. Every electrical engineer and technician is welcome.
Customers and partners can also use the platform as a built-in function allows them to create a free job advert/enquiry that will be presented to the members so the best profiles can be found.
ProConnected will be upgraded and developed on an ongoing basis. Members can therefore expect to get more benefits along the way.
Right from the begining of the establishment of ProCon Wind Energy, it was decided on a strategic level to work with 4 of the UN’s sustainable development goals:
Goal 7: Afordable andd Clean Energy
Goal 8: Decent Jobs and Economic Growth
Goal 13: Climate Action
Goal 17: Partnerships
Since then, we have implemented a number of initiatives. However, to further develop and speed up our actions, ProCon will be joined by a team of 4 talents. These talents are a part of LEAD THE TALENT’s program and were handpicked by Claus Søgaard Poulsen and Thomas Padfield last week at LTT’s matching day.
The team will be responsible for developing and implementing different sustainable initiatives with the purpose of lowering our carbon footprint, contributing to the reduction of the levelized cost of energy as well as strengthening our sustainable profile.
It is official. ProCon Wind Energy USA Inc. has been established!
Last week, CEO Claus Søgaard Poulsen signed the final documents regarding ProCon's new US subsidiary.
This means that ProCon now seriously has entered the US offshore wind industry.
Head of Construction Thomas Dybro Larsen, who will be responsible for ProCon's endavours in the US, explains the incentives for going US:
"After completing the electrical construction of the two first TPs for the Coastal Virginia Offshore Project, and after recieving several different enquiries regarding the US, we have decided to enter the market. We will activate and develop the local supply chain to ensure local and reduced carbon foot print solutions which will contribute to reducing the levelized cost of energy, creating local jobs and creating value for our customers and our own business."
Next step for ProCon is to finalize the establishment of our first US office, which will be located in Port of New Bedford.
ProCon Wind Energy passed the latest DNV GL audit with an excellent result of 0 deviations.
Last week, from Tuesday 12 May to Friday 15 May, ProCon was subject to a periodic audit by DNV GL regarding our ISO9001 and ISO14001 as well as our transition from OHSAS18001 to ISO45001.
We were approved in relation to all three.
We were in particular praised for the risk assessment system of our projects. The auditor found it very effective and profound. Additionally, our safety on site was described as well-structured and well understood by both the Site manager and the workers.
We are naturally proud to have obtained these as they underscore the quality we provide in all areas of our work.
In August of last year, ProCon Wind Energy signed a contract with Bladt Industries A/S regarding the electrical installation and outfitting as well as tests related hereto on a total of 72 transition pieces for Vattenfall´s Danish Kriegers Flak Offshore Wind Farm.
We have now been at work for the last few months and are pleased to announce that the project is going well.
In collaboration with Bladt Industries A/S, we have managed to keep our workflow going and our schedule on point regarding our tasks. This means that the first load-out happened this week, and that ProCon will have finalized its part of the project around the beginning of August 2020.
Thomas Dybro Larsen, our head of Construction, ascribe this to the companies' partnership and to ProCon’s staff: “The current positive status is a product of our good dialogue with Bladt Industries A/S and the fantastic effort from our workers - including the project and team leadership by Lasse Raun Jensen, Mads Matthai and robert snelewski.”
At ProCon Wind Energy, we are proud to be a part of this project and we look forward to taking it the rest of the way.
ProCon’s annual financial report for 2019 has been approved by the board, audited by PWC and now been published.
ProCon is pleased to inform that the company has achieved a positive result for the first year as a “new” company. Needless to say, we are very proud of the result as it reflects both our strong capabilities in the wind industry and that we live by our DNA in terms of being best, decent, flexible and streamlined in everything we do.
Thanks to all colleagues, hired contractors, partners, suppliers and other collaborators. We look forward to yet another positive year together.
See the full report here.
Business as usual? Almost.
As a consequence of the Covid-19 situation, ProCon has chosen to follow and support the Government’s and the Health Authority’s recommendations to limit the spread of the virus.
This means that our white-collar staff are working from home as far as possible; our blue-collar staff are working under implemented precautions and restrictions; and that we all have adapted new behaviors and customs in terms of relying more heavily on digital resources to take care of business.
In relation to this, we want to send a virtual high five to all our staff around the world for keeping the production, operation and service running. You make it possible to continue to provide our customers with ProCon’s solutions. Great work!
ProCon Wind Energy completes the electrical construction of 35 transition pieces for the Dutch project Borssele 1&2 at EEW OSB.
Since June 2019 ProCon have been providing electrical pre-assembly, installation and connection of 35 E-modules and platforms as well as installation of different systems of the TPs – including external lighting, navigation, communication and ventilation. To ensure quality and professional delivery, we also carried out commissioning and testing of the entire electrical construction of each TP. These tasks have been finished and now only an O&M manual remains for total completion.
While the final documentation detail of the project is added, ProCon Wind Energy has continued its cooperation with EEW as work on the Hornsea2 30 TP Project has already been started together. The agreement regarding this project was published on the 11th of September 2019: https://lnkd.in/d7GmUw2
As announced in October last year, ProCon Wind Energy and a group of other Danish offshore wind experts formed a cluster to explore the possibilities in Taiwan. Now the Danish wind cluster takes a further step by establishing a joint office location in the capitol of Taipei.
“To support our current and future customers in the region, we decided to take our cooperation a step further. It provides great value as we see an increased request from our customers regarding being locally present. This is especially true for ProCon, as we need to be mobilized and ready for production in Taiwan before October. It also helps all the companies of the cluster in ensuring local content and dealing with the Taiwanese pipeline, which really takes off in the next couple of years.” says Claus Søgaard Poulsen, CEO of ProCon Wind Energy.
In relation to local content, ProCon and the rest of the cluster acknowledge that a greater focus on local content is required for the next round of projects in Taiwan while keep providing knowhow from Europe. The combination of local content and experienced offshore wind experts from Europe is also the key to minimizing total project cost in new markets and thereby staying competitive. That is why it makes sense for the companies to form a cluster and set up an office together even though we still operate as individual companies. The cluster and its office enable each company to bring in knowledge from Europe, share costs, provide local content and to be locally present and close to customers - all to stay competitive.
Beside ProCon, the cluster consists of A-LEAF, ALL NRG, Comtech Int., HYTOR and Site Solution Partners.
ProCon Wind Energy awarded Part 2 of the electrical construction of the Taiwanese Project Yunlin for Smulders.
Halfway through Part 1, the electrical outfitting of 80 E-modules, we are proud to announce that we have also been awarded Part 2, which concerns the pre-assembly work of 40 TPs in Antwerp.
Part 2 will start once Part 1 is completed in March and is expected to run until the end of June 2020.
To contribute to the UN’s 8th sustainability development goal regarding decent work and economic growth, ProCon will be a part of ensuring a qualified work force and bringing down unemployment in the municipality of Aalborg through the membership of the alliance.
ProCon Wind Energy’s HR Manager Allan Eskildsen elaborates on ProCon’s role:
“We will contribute by e.g. offering internships and student jobs, hiring newly qualified and unemployed as well as providing fair pay and working conditions. These are aspects which ProCon are already focusing on as they benefit the company in terms of ensuring and maintaining skilled staff, but now we will improve our efforts further.”
ProCon will directly contribute to the sustainable reduce of the proportion of youth not in employment, education or training, but also to productive employment and decent work – milestone 8.6 and 8.5 of the sustainability goal, respectively.
Needless to say, we are looking forward to ensuring an increased and continuous growth on these matters together with the other parties of Aalborg Alliancen, while also strengthening the business development of the community and ProCon Wind Energy.
Brexit? No problem.
ProCon Wind Energy enters into a Joint Venture Partnership Agreement with CPower Energy.
To overcome any potential challenges and exploit opportunities in relation to Brexit, which officially is happening today, ProCon Wind Energy is happy to announce that we have partnered-up with UK based CPower Energy.
The joint venture will enable the two companies to run an open book partnership where competences, knowhow and experiences can be shared without secrecy to ensure that we can keep providing our customers and partners, both inside and outside the UK wind market, with flexible and quality electrical solutions as well as technical equipment.
The CEO of ProCon, Claus Søgaard Poulsen, elaborates on the benefits of the agreement:
“In addition to functioning as a means to deal with Brexit, the joint venture partnership will also contribute to the strengthening of the two companies’ market positions, market reach, competitive pricing and recruitment of manpower. This is essential on the global wind market as more and more competitors emerge and because the wind industry is categorized by e.g. requirements concerning being present at several regions of the world, bringing cost down and providing specialist staff”.
Read the full announcement here
ProCon Wind Energy managed to complete three offshore wind service projects just before the new year for our customers SABIK Offshore, Corrosion and FSG.
The work on the projects was carried out on the Deutsche Bucht Wind Farm, the Hohe See & Albatross Wind Farm and on Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft. At these sites, ProCon Wind Energy's skilled technicians among others carried out commissioning of ICCP systems and navigation lights as well as high voltage work.
After the completion of the project, we recieved the following praise from two of the three customers regarding our work:
“ProCon Wind Energy’s delivery on time, project management, communication, and health and safety were no less than excellent.” - Sabik Offshore
“Throughout the project, ProCon Wind Energy ensured excellence in both quality of work, flexibility, project management and communication.” - Corrosion
ProCon Wind Energy has officially entered the US offshore wind market!
Skilled technicians from ProCon Wind Energy started the electrical construction of 2 TPs for the Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind Project together with EEW Special Pipe Constructions GmbH on the 2nd of December.
Project Manager Erik M. Pedersen, who is leading the project on our behalf, states the following regarding the project: “So far, we have completed the fitting of the internal E-modules and we are now looking forward to completing the rest of the TPs, which is expected to happen in the end of January.”
About the project and the agreement, CEO Claus Søgaard Poulsen elaborates: “We are delighted to have entered into yet another agreement with EEW Special Pipe Constructions GmbH as it has opened the door to the US offshore wind market for ProCon. We will ensure quality electrical solutions to the Coastal Virginia Offshore Project as well as other US projects in the future.”
On the 27th of November, in relation to the WindEurope Offshore in Copenhagen, ProCon Wind Energy organized and hosted an evening of networking with a group of wind industry leaders.
ProCon, represented by CEO Claus Søgaard, COO Claus Poulsen and SB&BD Thomas Padfield, guided the group to The Danish Parliament where everybody was welcomed by Vice-chairman of the parliamentary group of the Liberal Party Karsten Lauritzen and former Minister for Energy, Utilities & Climate Lars Christian Lilleholt. The latter gave a tour of the parliament, which lead to many discussions regarding renewable energy and the wind industry from a political point of view.
Then, the group was invited into Mr. Lauritzen’s private office for some refreshments and talks concerning current challenges, future possibilities, experiences, potential partnerships, development of markets, etc. within Danish as well as Global wind.
The evening ended at Hotel d'Angleterre where the networking and knowledge-sharing continued over a great dinner.
All the participants' ressources were well spent since interesting dialogues about potential partnerships were created across and around the table.
The network consisted of the following companies: Orsted, COP, Vattenfall, Simens Energy, European Energy, K2 Management, Esvagt, CPower, CNC Onsite, Comtech Int., Hyndla, JT Consultant, N1 and ProCon Wind Energy.
Breaking news!!! ProCon Wind Energy establishes Danish offshore wind cluster in Taiwan with five other companies.
Because of the industry’s increasing focus on keeping cost down – including the cost of energy, we have decided to enter into a collaboration with @A-leaf, @All NRG, @Comtech, @Hytor and @Site solutions.
CEO @Claus Søgaard Poulsen elaborates on the idea behind and the benefits with the Danish cluster in Taiwan:
”The industry and our customers require that we are locally present in the APAC region. However, even though it is a new market, there is no room for the long running-in process which everyone had in Europe. We have therefore established this offshore wind cluster with the purpose of transferring our collective experience to the Taiwanese market as well as keeping our start-up costs down. In that sense, we also contribute to a lower levelized cost of energy.”
Each company still operates as an individual company with its own agreements and contracts. As such, to begin with, we are six individual companies which share an office and e.g. local resources. Only time will tell what the future holds for the cluster as we are open for other companies and opportunities.
For more information, please read more or contact @Claus Søgaard Poulsen on + 45 41 22 22 22
We are delighted to announce that ProCon Wind Energy has entered into yet another agreement – this time with EEW regarding a part of the largest offshore windfarm in the world.
Just a couple of weeks after ProCon Wind Energy signed our latest contract, our team managed to close a deal with EEW concerning the electrical construction of 30 TPs for Ørsted’s Hornsea 2, which will take place at EEW Offshore Structures (Britain) Ltd.'s site in the United Kingdom in Q1 and Q2 2020.
We are extremely proud to be a part of this prestigious and well-known project as it supports the notions regarding our business growth along with our core emphasis on quality and delivery on time at competitive prices.
The 2nd of september 2019 was a special day at ProCon Wind Energy as it marked that 6 months had passed since Scanel International's wind business was acquired by ProCon Group and ProCon Wind Energy was established.
When reflecting on the development of the last 6 months, there are several aspects that are noteworthy and worth celebrating:
- Work is now being carried out in 5 countries (DK, DE, BE, UK & TW)
- Projects being worked on has gone from 4 to 12
- 100 staff are employed as opposed to the initial 32
- ISO9001 & 14001, OHSAS18001 and Achilles UNCE certificates are obtained
- New framework agreements and approvals have been made
- An office is being established in Taiwan
- Investments in optimization systems are being made
- The organization has been strengthened by new profiles and initiatives
- An academy and an onboarding process are being developed
- Service, Engineering and Construction concepts are being improved
These are just the tip of the iceberg and ProCon Wind Energy has much more in its pipeline. Needless to say, The company is very proud of and grateful for its employees, business partners and customers, which is why a small reception was held on this special day.
To accommodate our continued growth in organization, ProCon Wind Energy has relocated from the office at Nørredybet to Langerak 17, 9220 Aalborg – Only a stone throw away.
The relocation took place today on the 30th of august 2019 and all employees stepped in to ease and speed up the transition.
Our office at Nørredybet will continue its role as project office and a number of people will have their daily seats in this office during the project execution for larger projects such as during the Kriegers Flak project, announced on the 10th of august.
We are proud to be a part of the largest offshore wind farm project in Denmark and to work together with Bladt once again.
Our work will begin around Q3 2019 and end in Q2 2020
- We look forward to getting started!
A couple of days ago, ProCon Wind Energy's quality, health, safety and environmental systems of ProCon Wind Energy were approved by DNV GL.
We are therefore delighted to announce that we have obtained the certificates of ISO9001, ISO14001 and OHSAS18001.