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H&W tops Riffgrund bucket list

Dong's 450MW German North Sea project to feature suction jackets

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Polish fabricator ST3 Offshore has chosen Northern Ireland outfit Harland and Wolff to manufacture suction buckets that will feature on jacket foundations at Dong’s 450MW Borkum Riffgrund 2 wind farm in the German North Sea.

The wind farm will feature a total of 20 three-legged jackets which will primarily be manufactured in ST3’s Stettin yard in Poland. The deal was first reported by subscriber-only reNEWS.

Harland and Wolff will export the suction buckets from its Belfast yard with installation of the foundations due in 2018.

The deal will support up to 80 jobs in Northern Ireland, Dong said.

ST3 UK managing director Norman Skillen said the company “continues to see future possibilities” for the UK supply chain.

Borkum Riffgrund 2 deputy project director Casper Frost Thorhauge said Dong has been “working hard” to develop a UK supply chain.

“We are delighted to see UK firms exporting their expertise to our European projects, demonstrating that the UK can lead the world not only in offshore wind capacity, but create a world-leading competitive supply chain too.”

Image: a suction bucket jacket at Dong's Borkum Riffgrund 1 (Dong)

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