Energy supplier E.ON has awarded a contract to a British construction company to provide the foundation pieces for its offshore wind farm.
TAG Energy Solutions will manufacture 16 monopolies and transition pieces, which form the base upon which the wind turbine stands, for E.ON’s £736 million Humber Gateway wind farm. The Teesside based company is believed to be the first UK manufacturer to secure the deal in British waters, which is expected to create an additional 60 jobs.
Situated 8km off the Yorkshire Coast close to the mouth of the Humber Estuary, the wind farm will consist of 73 turbines that will generate up to 219MW of electricity, enough to power up to 170,000 homes.
Energy Secretary Ed Davey said he hoped the contract is the “first of many” to come, supporting growth and jobs in the country.
He added: “The development of a thriving UK supply chain is vital to support our rapidly-growing offshore wind industry. The Government is working with industry so it can source at least half of the content for offshore wind projects from within the UK. This will help build the lasting legacy of a strong domestic offshore wind manufacturing capability.”
Construction of the wind farm is underway, with the first foundations expected this summer and the project is aimed to complete in 2015.