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Dong awards foundations contract for Walney extension

Germany’s EEW SPC has secured the contract to provide foundations for Dong Energy’s Walney extension offshore wind farm, located off the Cumbrian coast.

The contract covers the supply of 87 foundations for which the monopile structures will be manufactured by EEW in Rostock, Germany.

Offshore Structures Britain (OSB), a joint venture between EEW and Bladt Industries, has been sub-contracted to produce the associated transition pieces at its Teesside-based factory. OSB will produce 40, while Bladt will produce the remainder in Aalborg, Denmark.

Mats Vikholm, senior vice president for Dong Energy Wind Power, said: “This contract award is the direct result of close cooperation between Dong Energy Wind Power and EEW aimed at reducing the cost of electricity from offshore wind generation.

“This cooperation began on the Burbo Bank extension offshore wind farm for which EEW was awarded the foundation manufacturing contract in February this year.

“It is especially pleasing that we have again been able to secure UK content through the involvement of OSB who have already manufactured parts for the first transition piece structures for the Burbo Bank extension project.”

Based on the formal permits and timetable for the Walney extension, offshore construction could start in 2017.

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