ScottishPower Renewables and DONG Energy have awarded contracts worth 115 million euros for the transportation and installation of wind turbine foundations for the 389 MW West of Duddon Sands offshore wind farm in the Irish Sea.
The contracts have been awarded to Boskalis Offshore, SMIT Marine Projects and Volker Construction International. Work on the foundations will commence in the first quarter of 2013 and will be completed by mid-2014.
The West of Duddon Sands offshore wind farm is a 50-50 joint venture between ScottishPower Renewables and DONG Energy that will comprise 108 3.6 MW wind turbines.
As part of the transportation and installation contracts, the foundation components will be taken from Aalborg in Denmark to Belfast Harbour. Upgrades are currently under way at Belfast Harbour to develop a new terminal for the assembly of offshore wind turbines.
Total investment in the West of Duddon Sands offshore wind farm will be about 1.6 billion British pounds. The project will be located 14 km southwest of the Barrow-in-Furness coastline and is expected to power approximately 300,000 homes.