Bilfinger gets Sandbank deal

Engineering and services group Bilfinger has landed the €100m ($134m) deal for installation of 72 turbines foundations at Vattenfall's Sandbank offshore wind farm in the German North Sea.

Work on installation of the monopiles, being installed in 34 metres of water using the MPI Adventure, is expected to be complete by February 2016.

Bilfinger is employing a noise reduction system called the Hydro Sound Damper to cut underwater noise pollution during piling-in in the construction phase.

Joachim Enenker, member of Bilfinger's executive board, notes: "The order will be carried out by our newly-formed Offshore Systems and Grids division, in which we have brought together our marine engineering and grid construction activities within the Power business segment."

Sandbank is being joint developed by Vattenfall (51%) and the city of Munich's public utility company SWM (49%). It will use Siemens 4MW turbines for a 288MW capacity.

Bilfinger recently won the order for the testing of steel foundations for Iberdrola's Wikinger wind farm in the Baltic Sea.