Huge wind farm contract safeguards 200 Teesside jobs

DONG Energy has awarded a contract for 96 transition pieces for the Hornsea Project One offshore wind farm. More than 50 of the pieces, which link the monopile foundation of […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

DONG Energy has awarded a contract for 96 transition pieces for the Hornsea Project One offshore wind farm.

More than 50 of the pieces, which link the monopile foundation of offshore turbines with the towers, will be manufactured at Bladt Industries’ Offshore Structures Britain (OSB) facility in Haverton Hill, Teesside.

The remaining transition pieces will be manufactured at the Bladt Aalborg facility in Denmark.

With a capacity of 1.2GW, Hornsea Project One will be the largest of its kind in the world, capable of providing power to more than one million homes.

The “multi-million pound” contract is expected to safeguard around 200 jobs in Teesside.

Brent Cheshire, UK Country Manager at DONG Energy, said: “With eight operational wind farms in the UK and four under construction, DONG Energy is clearly invested in the UK. Last month we announced our investment in the UK’s first offshore wind tower factory which will enable us and all UK developers, to use UK manufactured towers for the first time.

“Substantial contracts like this are giving suppliers all over the UK the opportunity to grow and compete in the offshore wind industry, not just for Hornsea Project One but for future UK offshore wind farms too.”

DONG Energy previously announced plans to quit the oil and gas industry to focus on renewable energy.