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EEW strengthens Hornsea grip

Dong taps Germans for supply of final 58 monopiles after ditching jacket plan

German fabricator EEW has secured a contract to manufacture a further 58 monopile foundations for Dong Energy’s 1.2GW Hornsea 1 offshore wind project in the UK.

The company already has deal to provide 116 tubulars and is now taking on the full 174 compliment after the Danish developer dropped plans for suction bucket jacket foundations.

Each monopile has a diameter of 8.1 metres and weighs around 900 tonnes.

EEW managing director Michael Hof said the company was “pleased” Dong has selected it for further work.

“This demonstrates the excellent relationship between our companies and we are looking forward to contributing in bringing this project to success,” he said.

Hornsea engineering, procurement and construction director Claus Nørgaard said: "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."

Hornsea 1 will feature 174 Siemens 7MW turbines some 120km off Yorkshire and will be completed in 2020.

Image: EEW's Rostock facility (EEW)

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