H&W wins Humber Gateway work

E.ON has handed Harland and Wolff (H&W) an order to design and fabricate the jacket foundation that will support the offshore substation at its Humber Gateway project, further consolidating the historic shipyard’s role in the offshore wind sector.

H&W will build both the substructure itself and the piles to hold it in place – some 1,300 tonnes of kit, all told, slated for completion in early 2014.

Belgium’s CG Power is designing and building offshore substation that H&W’s jacket-style foundation will support.

The Round 2 Humber Gateway project will tip the scales at 219MW using 73 Vestas turbines, and is due for completion in 2015.  

It is the second time H&W has worked for E.ON in the offshore wind space, having seen its yards used for storage, assembly and off-loading for the Robin Rigg project in 2008-2009.

It is the first time, however, that E.ON has tapped the shipyard for fabrication work, and H&W chief executive Robert Cooper says the intention is to “develop this relationship” further.

H&W, which built the Titanic, has fabricated the substation foundations for several offshore wind projects, including Gwynt y Mor and Bard 1.

More recently it was chosen to build a floating turbine demonstrator backed by Alstom.

E.ON, like other international developers, is going out of its way to tap British companies for work on its UK offshore wind farms.

Last month the German utility chose Teesside-based TAG Energy Solutions to make 16 of the 73 turbine foundations it needs for Humber Gateway – with Dutch companies Sif and Smulders to make up the difference.