Bladt Inks Two New Northwester 2 Contracts

Bladt Industries has signed two contracts with Jan De Nul and Parkwind, under which the foundation manufacturer will deliver 23 monopiles and transition pieces for Northwester 2 wind turbines, and one monopile and transition piece for the project’s substation.

Photo courtesy of Bladt Industries.

The contracts follow the one from May, when Bladt and Parkwind signed an EPCI contract for the delivery of the substation for the Belgian project.

Bladt will start preliminary work on the foundations project on 1 November 2018.

The monopiles have a diameter of up to 8 metres, a length of up to 82 metres, and a weight of up to approx. 1,000 tonnes. The transition pieces have a diameter of up to 6.8 metres, a length of app. 20 metres, and a weight of 189 tonnes.

“We are delighted to have secured these contracts in addition to the contract for the substation, and that Parkwind and Jan De Nul have shown us the confidence to provide the monopiles and transitions pieces for the Northwester 2 project,” said CEO at Bladt Industries, Klaus Steen Mortensen.

The manufacturer said it will initiate a design optimisation process together with Parkwind and Jan De Nul prior to the preliminary works on the foundations project, with the aim of lowering the cost of the foundations.

This design optimisation process is in line with Bladt Industries’ strategic focus on contributing to lowering Cost of Energy, the company said, adding that it had developed a concept called ‘Design for Manufacturing and Assembly’ with the intention of reducing the overall cost of foundations.

“We are very excited to work with Parkwind and Jan De Nul in optimising the foundations design for the Northwester 2 project, and we strongly believe that such cooperation and partnerships is the way forward for the industry in relation to lowering the Cost of Energy,” said Lars Bender, Vice President, Bladt Industries.

The 219MW Northwester 2 project will comprise 23 MHI Vestas 9.5 wind turbines. The wind farm is located in the Belgian part of the North Sea, some 46km off the country’s coast.