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Greater Gabbard windfarm foundations dispute resolved

Greater Gabbard Offshore Winds (GGOW), which is jointly owned by SSE and RWE, has announced that it has reached an agreement with contractor Fluor over claims relating the quality of foundations on the project.

Financial details of the agreement have not been disclosed but GGOW general manager Iwan Tukalo described it as a “positive development”.

The main claim related to the quality of up to 52 upper foundations, known as transition pieces, which support the turbines and the quality of up to 35 lower foundations supporting the same turbines.

Fluor’s chairman and chief executive officer  David Seaton confirmed the agreement and said in a satatement: “Fluor designed and built a safe, fit-for-purpose facility, and we are pleased that the operating wind farm is meeting the owner’s operating expectations.”

GGOW confirmed that the 140 wind turbines at the site have been operational since September last year. In the six months to March 2013, the wind farm operator said that the facility was operationally available to generate electricity for 87% of the time and this is expected to increase to 90% over the next 18 months. Tukalo said: “It is encouraging that the wind farm has performed well since it was energised and our focus remains on ensuring it is a safe, efficient asset that makes a significant contribution to achieving the UK’s targets for renewable energy

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