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Bladt, BiFab bag Beatrice bounty

UPDATE: Sif wins pin pile deal for 588MW Moray Firth wind farm

Seaway Heavy Lifting has awarded Bladt and BiFab contracts to fabricate 56 jacket foundations, while Dutch company Sif has won the contract to produce pin piles for the 588MW Beatrice offshore wind farm off the coast of Scotland.

Bladt will tackle 30 four-legged jackets which will be built at the company's Lindo yard in Denmark while BiFab will fabricate 26 foundations at using its facilities in Methil, Arnish and Burntisland. The deals were first reported by subscriber-only reNEWS.

Sif said the total volume of the pin pile project will be about 19.5 ktons. The pins will be produced in the fourth quarter of this year and first half of next year, Sif added.

“This new contract is very important for us in securing the serial production of jacket foundations at our facilities on Lindoe Industrial Park, and fabrication of the jacket structures will build on our strong track record from previous projects,” said Bladt chief executive Jan Kjærsgaard.

“We are very pleased with this order, and we see it as an opportunity to continue our journey towards an optimal jacket serial production and making jackets a sustainable foundation for future offshore wind farms.”

BiFab said the contract was worth £100m and would protect up to 200 jobs.

Managing director John Robertson said: "The award of this project compliments and strengthens our ambition to set up one of the most advanced manufacturing facilities for the supply of substructures for the offshore wind industry. The BiFab facilities can produce over 80 jacket substructures per year."

Beatrice will feature 84 Siemens 7MW turbines in the outer Moray Firth. The awards were made by SHL under its EPCI role on the project.

Contracts for turbine installation and the pre-assembly port have already been awarded. A third contract for the remaining 28 foundations is due to be confirmed later today.

The project is being developed by SSE, Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners and SDIC Power of China.

Image: jackets for the Baltic 2 wind farm at Bladt's Lindo yard (Bladt)

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