Key supplier to world's biggest offshore wind farm announced

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 18 Aug 2017

DONG Energy has appointed the monopile manufacturer for Hornsea Project One, the world's largest wind farm to be operated out of Grimsby.

German giant EEW Special Pipe Constructions will produce the 174 elements, having previously won a contract to deliver the first 116 in November.

Each monopile foundation has a diameter of up to 8.1m and weighs approximately 900 tonnes.

Claus Nørgaard, engineering, procurement and construction director for the project said: “Hornsea Project One will be the first wind farm in the world to have a capacity of more than 1GW and will provide enough energy for well over one million UK homes. Using the same foundation solution for all turbines means we benefit from economies of scale and experience, and therefore maximise efficient construction of the project."

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Onshore works began in 2016, with the cable route from the shore break to the £25 million purpose-built substation at North Killingholme well underway, skirting North East Lincolnshire. Offshore construction will begin soon. The project is due to be completed in 2020.

Michael Hof, chief operating officer and managing director at EEW, said: “We are very pleased that Dong Energy placed their trust in EEW SPC again. This demonstrates the excellent relationship between our companies and we are looking forward to contributing in bringing this project to success.”

Located in Rostock, on the Baltic coast of northen Germany, it is almost a direct line sail to Copenhagen, where Dong is headquartered.

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