About Us

Global Wind Service (GWS) is one of the largest companies in Europe offering onshore and offshore installation and servicing of wind turbines around the world. And we do it with the right people, tools and flexibility to deliver the best possible solutions to the highest quality.

Our goal is always to meet and exceed our clients’ expectations. As a result, GWS has gained an excellent reputation and fast established itself as the preferred international supplier of qualified and skilled personnel to the global wind turbine industry.

Our track record to date includes wind turbine installations and service work in over 30 countries – from Finland, Germany and the UK to Morocco, South Africa, Australia, the Philippines and more.

We have established business units in eight countries, giving us the opportunity to be closer to our customers and react faster to local market requirements.

GWS employ around 600 people and we strongly believe in the long-term investment and development of our employees. Their knowledge and experience ensures that we are the best we can be for our clients.

History

Global Wind Service A/S (GWS) was established early in 2008 by Lars Bo Petersen and Michael Nielsen, both of whom had many years of experience in the wind industry – in the field and in the management of installation and service projects.

In 2009, Fred. Olsen Windcarrier acquired a 51% stake in GWS, extending a tradition dating back to 1848, when Fred. Olsen companies first entered the shipping and marine industry. That tradition of supplying the highest quality products and services endures to this day.

The fruitful partnership of GWS and Fred. Olsen Windcarrier has resulted in the rapid growth of GWS in both onshore and offshore projects. In 2010 GWS and Fred. Olsen Windcarrier established the joint venture Fred. Olsen Windcarrier A/S, and between 2010 and 2011 invested in eight crew transfer vessels. These were custom designed to transport service technicians, parts and tools to and from offshore wind turbines.

In 2014 GWS and the experienced high voltage company DELPRO joined forces to establish DELPRO Wind, offering clients independent or integrated solutions for high voltage work on wind turbines and wind farms.

Milestones

2008

Global Wind Service A/S is established in Frederica, Denmark

2009

UK business unit opens in King’s Lynn

Benelux business unit opens

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier acquires majority holding in Global Wind Service A/S

New business unit opens in Poland

Turkish business unit opens

2010

Global Wind Service A/S and Fred. Olsen Windcarrier AS establishes Fred. Olsen Windcarrier A/S

2011

New business unit in Romania opens

2012

New business unit in Germany opens

2013

New business unit in South Africa opens

2014

June

GWS and DELPRO form joint venture company DELPRO Wind

2015

German business unit relocates to Flensburg

UK business unit relocates to Lowestoft.

Values

Safety first

Safety is our paramount concern. Every effort is made to ensure the safety of our staff and those of our clients. There is no compromise.

Flexibility, reliability and excellence

We strive to be the flexible and reliable partner that meets every requirement of our clients. We will always deliver the most competent workforce and the highest level of service – anywhere and anytime.

People are at the heart of our business

The workforce is the backbone of our business. We are committed to creating safe and attractive working conditions for our employees, which make them competent, appreciated and proud to work for GWS.

Everywhere the wind blows

Our business is global. We aim to deliver wherever the market demands, making the most of local resources, knowledge and understanding.

Memberships

Global Wind Service (GWS) values its membership and association with the following organisations:

Achilles
Achilles

Achilles creates and manages a global network of collaborative industry communities, allowing trading partners to share high quality, structured, real-time data. It is an independent partner providing validated data and insightful analytics to enable buyers to manage risk, and suppliers to increase market reach in their sector.

East of England Energy Group (EEEGR)
East of England Energy Group (EEEGR)

The East of England Energy Group (EEEGR) is the industry association for energy in the East of England, representing over 400 members across the supply chain. EEEGR are a non-profit, business-led group committed to the sustained development of the energy sector in the East of England and the continued success of our members.

European Wind Energy Association (EWEA)
European Wind Energy Association (EWEA)

EWEA is the voice of the wind industry, actively promoting wind power in Europe and worldwide. It has over 600 members, active in over 50 countries, including wind turbine manufacturers with a leading share of the world wind power market, plus component suppliers, research institutes, national wind and renewables associations, developers, contractors, electricity providers, finance and insurance companies, and consultants.

IRATA International
IRATA International

IRATA is the sole global trade association in the work-at-height sector; it has member companies in every continent. Industrial rope access has been developed by IRATA in the last 25 years to a point where it is the chosen means of access for much of the work in the offshore oil and gas and wind industries as well as a range of projects in construction, civil engineering, the built and natural environment and much more. Its success is based on thorough training and strict work guidelines that deliver an unrivalled safe working record year after year.

RenewableUK (RUK)
RenewableUK (RUK)

RenewableUK is the UKs leading not for profit renewable energy trade association. Our vision is for renewable energy to play a leading role in powering the UK.

SPRAT
SPRAT

The Society of Professional Rope Access Technicians (SPRAT) is a member-driven organisation that advances the safe use of rope access through education, standards development, and administering certifications. In addition, SPRAT supports companies and technicians using rope access with regulatory support, networking, and opportunities to participate in developing industry-consensus standards.