Ramboll UK’s offshore wind team has been selected, following an international tender process, to deliver the detailed design of the wind turbine foundations for stage one of the Gwynt y Môr Offshore Wind Farm, off the north of Wales coast.
The contract is for the first phase of foundation design works and focuses on the first 92 foundations which form part of the more extensive Gwynt y Môr Offshore Wind Farm, one of the largest Round 2 offshore wind farms to be consented in the UK.
In December 2008, the UK Government’s Department of Energy and Climate Change gave consent to RWE npower renewables to construct an offshore wind farm with an installed capacity of up to 750MW. The finished wind farm would be capable of producing enough power for up to 500,000 homes (equivalent to 40% of the homes in Wales) and thereby prevent the release of hundreds of thousands of tonnes of polluting carbon dioxide gas.
The detailed design of the offshore wind farm will be carried out by Ramboll’s Offshore Wind team, part of Ramboll Oil & Gas, from Ramboll’s central London office with assistance from wind experts in Ramboll Denmark.
The Gwynt y Môr Offshore Wind Farm is owned by RWE npower renewables, the UK subsidiary of German utility RWE.
“Our success within wind energy is based on our vast experience from the oil and gas industry,” said UK Director of Ramboll Offshore Wind Des Mairs.
“We have been working with offshore wind turbine foundations since 2000 but our expertise really dates back to 30 years of designing substructures for the North Sea.”