German wind turbine manufacturer Enercon has opened its first service station in Northern Ireland. The Coleraine facility will support more than 200MW of power generation and staffed by a team of three service engineers.

Enercon is already anticipating “significant growth” at the site which will monitor and support the operation of the company’s turbines across Northern Irish 12 wind farms.

“The roles created by the facility are skilled engineering and technical jobs which are critical to the operation of wind farms using Enercon turbines,” says head of sales in Ireland Wilke Janssen. “These jobs are another example of the positive economic spin-off arising from the renewable energy sector which Northern Ireland will benefit from as Gaelectric and other wind farm developers roll out their portfolio of wind projects in the years ahead.”

Kevin Daly , chief operating officer of Gaelectric Onshore Wind which has 80 MW of power located in Northern Ireland comments: “All of Gaelectric’s operating wind farms are generating power using Enercon turbines.

“Significant employment and other benefits have been created by these wind farms directly and indirectly during construction. Now we are seeing ongoing employment located in Northern Ireland from both Gaelectric and Enercon in monitoring and servicing these operating wind farms.

“This is in addition to the local government rates and community benefit funds paid from the revenue streams that come from these wind farms.”