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Fluor loses offshore wind farm claim

Engineering giant Fluor has lost its claim against energy firm SSE over defective work at the Greater Gabbard offshore wind farm, the firm announced today.

The firm said it received an “adverse decision” from an arbitration panel ruling over its compensation case over the Greater Gabbard offshore wind farm project off the coast of Suffolk.

Fluor lodged a $400M (£251M) claim against client Greater Gabbard Offshore Wind Limited (GGOWL) - 50/50 joint venture between SSE and RWE Npower Renewables - over extra work it had done on 52 of the 140 steel monopile foundations on the project.

The dispute focused on reworking of the 52 defective steel monopile and transition pieces. Fluor claimed there was a design change amounted to a change in specification and that it should be paid for resulting costs.

But SSE said last year that the foundations were defective and that the “onus” was on Fluor to “fix” them.

Today’s ruling sided with SSE.

“Fluor delivered a quality project, and we are extremely disappointed with this unexpected decision, especially considering recent statements that acknowledge that all 140 turbines are commissioned and exporting electricity, and the overall performance is more than 10 per cent ahead of the client’s expectations,” said Fluor chairman and chief executive officer David Seaton.

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