Involving the North East community throughout the development, construction and operation of the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre is a priority for us.
Our vision is that we have a positive impact in the North East of Scotland. We are committed to being a good neighbour and to maximising the benefits that this innovative project can bring to the area. We work collaboratively with local stakeholders to facilitate and achieve these priorities.
Wood RecyclAbility is an organisation based in Pitmedden, Aberdeenshire that offers adults with a wide range of abilities the chance to experience a real workplace setting.
We partnered with Wood RecyclAbility to make a human height wooden turbine for our community events. They also made mini turbines which we use for our monthly HSSE awards.
The European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre has many fans but we have an extra special follower who contacted us a couple of months ago to learn more about the project and to ask for advice on how to prepare for a job on at Vattenfall, Finn is only 12.
When Finn received the response to his letter he rushed to our innovation exhibition at Balmedie Library to collect his avatar and learn more about the project innovations. He was particulary intrigued by our Service Technician role, as he would like to work on wind turbines. Once our local service technician, Chelsea, heard how enthusiastic and inspired Finn was she offered to meet with Finn and his family at the Aberdeen exhibition the following week. Again Finn and his family made the journey form Peterhead to come to our exhibition and to meet with Chelsea who talked him through her journey and her role.
Finn’s story struck a chord with many of the project team and when naming the project electric truck the winning entry was ‘Flying Finn’. Finn and his family will come out to the wind farm base at Aberdeen Harbour to have a ride in the truck and to meet with some more of the project team. We suspect that this is only to beginning of the project’s friendship with Finn, who knows maybe one day he will be working on the EOWDC.