MEMBER NEWS: Peterson awarded a major contract from Vestas in Shetland

January 11, 2023
MEMBER NEWS: Peterson awarded a major contract from Vestas in Shetland

Peterson Energy Logistics has been awarded a major logistics contract from Vestas to support the onshore development of the Viking Wind Farm in Shetland.

The 443MW project is scheduled to come online in 2024 and will comprise 103 wind turbines, making it the UK’s largest and most productive onshore wind farm in terms of annual electricity output.

The contract will see Peterson provide offloading, storage, and transportation services for more than 1,000 wind turbine components from its facilities in Shetland. Peterson plans on recruiting an additional ten operational and office-based roles to support the development.

Chris Coull, Managing Director for Scotland at Peterson, said: “We’re pleased to be awarded this major contract from Vestas and play a key role in supporting the delivery of this important project for Shetland and the whole of the UK.

“Peterson has a proven track record of executing large-scale infrastructure projects in Shetland, and our Greenhead Base facilities are ideally suited to support this exciting project. We look forward to working closely with Vestas and all the stakeholders.”

Peterson and Vestas have worked together in Shetland for more than 20 years with the logistics company supporting the Burradale Wind Farm with lifting services and transporting Vestas’ anchor cages for the Viking Wind Farm project in 2021.

The Viking Wind Farm project will produce almost 2TWh of energy each year – enough to power almost half a million homes annually and reduce carbon emissions by half a million tonnes each year, playing a crucial role in contributing towards the UK and Scotland’s net-zero targets.

Peterson employs 55 staff in Shetland who play a critical role in the success of important infrastructure projects and who are the driving force behind the generational transformation happening on the island.

Get in touch

AREG is the original energy transition organisation, working on behalf of members to empower the energy supply chain and champion its expertise. Please get in touch if you have any questions or would like to find out more about membership.

AREG has played an important role in the growth of Scotland’s renewable energy sector, engaging the supply chain and developing the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre. However, we are only at the very beginning of the transition that AREG was established to both lead and support so there are still opportunities for companies to get into the constantly evolving renewables supply chain. We look forward to continuing our work together as renewables builds on its place as Scotland’s main source of power, and as we seek to deliver real change in the crucial areas of heat and transport.

Scottish Renewables

Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce has worked closely with AREG since its formation. The recent progress in the developments of offshore wind projects by Equinor and Vattenfall are as a result of the work of the group over many years. The north-east is known as the oil and gas capital of Europe. At the Chamber, we believe the region must evolve its position to being recognised as the energy capital. Whilst hydrocarbons will continue to be essential in driving our economy for years to come, the generation of renewable resources will play an increasingly important role in providing cost-effective power, innovative development and economic growth.

Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce

The enthusiasm and dedication of the early group that would become AREG was fundamental in us choosing to launch All-Energy in Aberdeen. The first tiny show was held in 2001, and AREG’s Chairman at the time, Jeremy Cresswell, played such an active role that I often describe him in terms such as All-Energy’s ‘midwife’. All-Energy is now the UK’s largest renewable and low carbon energy exhibition and conference in terms of number of attendees, space booked, and number of exhibiting companies. As AREG became firmly established, their presence and support for the event grew spectacularly over the years. We thank them most sincerely for their invaluable input.


Vattenfall has forged a strong working relationship with AREG through the development of the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre. AREG has worked tirelessly on behalf of the North East and it can take enormous credit for the growth of sustainable energy in the region and the path it has cleared for the region to capture further investment.


Aberdeen City and Shire is emerging as a key location for renewables by successfully transferring its world-class oil and gas expertise into the sector and AREG has done much to advance this through a broad range of initiatives. It has acted as a catalyst in driving further investment in the local economy by engaging with companies, Government, public bodies and existing projects and we have been pleased to support their efforts. Scottish Enterprise will continue to engage with AREG as we increase Scotland’s use of renewable energy.

Scottish Enterprise