Global Wind Service (GWS) is celebrating its 15-year anniversary in wind. Since securing its first contract in Esbjerg, Denmark, GWS has worked on close to 2,000 projects in 40 countries around the world.
The company employs more than 1,700 people from 39 different nationalities, working across 13 local business units and on site.
“Global Wind Service has come a long way over the past 15 years,” said Michael Høj Olsen, CEO of GWS. “From being a smaller entrepreneurial provider of manpower, co-founded by Lars Bo Petersen and Michael Nielsen who is still active and shareholders in GWS, to now being one of the preferred project partners globally, for complete wind turbine services, we have managed to grow together with our clients and adapt to industry needs. We can all be very proud of what we have achieved — it is something that would not have been possible without all our dedicated and skilled colleagues.”
As projects have become more complex and challenging, GWS has invested in training, processes, and in systems to meet higher standards for safety, quality, and technical expertise. In 2021, Global Wind Service Academy was established in Szczecin in Poland to further develop and strengthen competences and to make sure GWS can educate technicians with the right mindset and skills.
“It’s only by working together, that we can reach the ambitious targets set out by the different governments for a greener planet,” Olsen said.
Key accomplishments over the past 15 years include taking a leading position within offshore installation and service; the installation of the first offshore wind turbines in the U.S. at Block Island in 2016; installation of the first offshore wind farm in France, Parc Éolien en mer de Saint-Nazaire, in 2022; and playing a role in the growing offshore market in Taiwan with local establishment and colleagues.
Other accomplishments include the establishment of a team of more than 250 specialized blade technicians and back-office staff, as well as the entering of markets such as Turkey, Lithuania, Serbia, etc. to support partners and clients in the installation of onshore wind farms.
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