A consortium comprising Sif Netherlands and Smulders Projects Belgium has been awarded a contract to manufacture all of the monopiles and transition pieces for the Dogger Bank A & B offshore windfarms in the UK
The contract was awarded by Dogger Bank Wind Farm, a joint venture between SSE Renewables and Equinor. The deal is subject to financial close, which is expected in late 2020.
The Dogger windfarms are being developed in three phases – Dogger Bank A, Dogger Bank B and Dogger Bank C – and collectively will be the world’s largest offshore windfarm. Each phase will have an installed generation capacity of 1.2 GW with a combined capacity of up to 3.6 GW.
Dogger Bank A and B will require 190 foundations. Water depths at Dogger Bank vary from 18 m to 63 m. Each foundation comprises a monopile and a transition piece.
Sif will be responsible for fabrication and supply of the monopiles and primary steel for the transition pieces, and for the marshalling of all foundation components at its Maasvlakte 2 Rotterdam terminal.
Smulders will manufacture the secondary steel and assemble, coat and test the fully equipped transition pieces.
Production at Smulders’ facilities in Poland and Belgium will begin in May 2021. Assembly, at the company’s Hoboken facility, is scheduled to start in September 2021 and will take approximately 10 months.
The consortium said it is committed to including UK local content on the transition pieces for the projects.
Sif Holding chief executive Fred van Beers said, “With our facility at Maasvlakte 2 we are well positioned to serve the Dogger Bank projects.
“With this, the largest ever award to Sif, and projects in exclusive negotiation and a strong tender pipeline, Sif’s mid-term order pipeline is looking very robust.”