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MT Højgaard found liable for wind farm foundation faults

Denmark-based contractor MT Højgaard has said that it is to appeal against a decision by London’s Construction and Technology Court that it is liable in a case relating to faults with the foundations.

The case was brought by MT Højgaard’s client Eon Climate and Renewable after weaknesses were discovered in the grouted connections in the monopiles installed in 2008 for the Robin Rigg Wind Farm off Scotland’s west coast.

MT Højgaard has said that the problems resulted as result of errors in the DNV-OS-J101 international standards issued and certified by Det Norske Veritas that were also not picked up by the contractor’s designer Ramboll. The court decided that MT Højgaard is liable as a result of a legal technicality in the contract.

The financial decision relating to this court judgement has not yet been announced but MT Højgaard has already warned that the ruling will have a negative effect on its financial results for 2014 by around £21.5M.

MT Højgaard has said that it will seek permission to appeal the ruling.

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