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Poised for global expansion

A family-owned company, Vest Kran is one of the leading full-service providers
of engineered heavy lifting and logistics in Scandinavia. PES talks to Njaal R. Solange about the firm’s expansion into global markets and its dedication to maintaining high standards.

PES: Welcome to PES magazine. Can you tell us a little about the history of your company and how it serves the wind industry?
Njaal R. Solenge: Vest Kran, established in 1969, is one of the leading full service providers of Engineered Heavy Lifting and Logistics in Scandinavia. Our main areas of business are within the construction, oil and gas, and wind energy industries. Vest Kran has approximately 100 employees, with offices in Norway and Sweden, two marine terminal facilities, and an annual turnover of approximately NOK 200 million.

Vest Kran started installing onshore wind turbines over 13 years ago, and we possess extensive experience that embraces all stages of wind farm construction, maintenance, logistics and project management, and are constantly developing cost-effective solutions to deliver the best wind energy support services available.

We have a fleet of specialized cranes and transport equipment designed for both the onshore and offshore wind energy industries.

• Wind turbine installation and assembly
• Engineering and project management
• Logistics and heavy transport
• Wind park support and maintenance

PES: We note that your company is currently undergoing a major internationalization process. What does this involve and have you seen any results thus far?
NS: We started approaching new wind energy projects outside of Norway (Scandinavia: Sweden, Finland, Denmark) about one and a half years ago, and by January 2010 about a third of our business was outside Norway.

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