DONG Energy has awarded the Rostock-based EEW Special Pipe Constructions GmbH with a contract to manufacture 116 monopiles for the 174-turbine Hornsea Project One offshore wind farm in the UK.
“Due to the scale of the project, Hornsea Project 1 has changed the way we are doing offshore wind projects. With EEW SPC we will get the monopiles we need from one supplier that we really can rely on,” said Duncan Clark, Senior Programme Director at DONG Energy, during the signing of the supply contract which took place on 21 November in Rostock.
In total 91,800 tonnes of steel will be manufactured by EEW SPC for this order from March 2017 through to April 2018.
The foundations for the 7MW turbines will have a diameter of up to 8.1 metres.
Heiko Mützelburg, CEO/Managing Director of EEW SPC, said: ''With this prestigious project we are able to achieve another milestone in the development of EEW SPC. With the completion of the monopiles for Hornsea Project 1 we will have both directly and indirectly produced over 600 foundations for DONG Energy. Moreover, we are delighted about the renewed confidence in us and are proud that we have been selected to also provide the foundations for the world‘s largest offshore wind farm in the future.”
Due to be operational in 2019, the 1.2GW Hornsea Project 1 will be the first offshore wind farm to have a capacity of more than 1GW.
The wind farm will be installed off the Yorkshire coast covering an area of 407 km² and is intended to deliver electricity for well over one million households.