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EEW wins foundations contract for offshore wind farm project

Dong Energy has awarded EEW SPC the foundations contract for the Burbo Bank Extension offshore wind farm project.

The agreement covers the supply of 32 monopile foundations and the associated transition pieces for the 258MW wind farm to be built at Liverpool Bay.

Monopile foundations for the wind farm will be fabricated at EEW SPC’s facility in Rostock, Germany.

A large number of the transition pieces will be manufactured at Offshore Structures’ Teesside plant, while some will be manufactured at Bladt Industries’ facility in Aalborg, Denmark.

Offshore Structures is a joint venture business set up by EEW SPC and Bladt Industries, who acquired the manufacturing site of offshore foundations business TAG Energy Solutions when it went into administration in October 2014.

Commenting on the foundations contract, Karl Klös-Hein, managing director of EEW SPC, said: “This will be the first project to be manufactured at Offshore Structures at Teesside.

“We are very happy to get a kick-start for our new UK operation, as manufacturing of the foundations for the Burbo Bank Extension project will start as early as August 2015.

“With the UK being the biggest European market in offshore wind, we feel it’s about time to boost local manufacturing and we are glad to deploy our experience and technology in the UK steel fabrication world.”

Dong Energy approved the Burbo Bank Extension project in December 2014 when a Final Investment Decision to proceed was taken. This followed the award of development consent by the secretary of state for energy and climate change in September.

The Burbo Bank Extension wind farm will feature 32 MHI Vestas Offshore Wind 8MW turbines and will be capable of supplying the electricity needs of around 180,000 UK homes when it is completed.

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