Bilfinger plans Polish foundation plant

German engineering giant Bilfinger is setting up a new factory in Poland to fabricate steel foundations for the offshore wind sector.

The facility, being built with manufacturer Crist in the Baltic Sea port of Szczecin, is expected to deliver some 80 units a year once up and running in 2015.

"Bilfinger has already been involved in the installation of more than 500 offshore foundations in the North Sea and Baltic Sea", said executive board member Joachim Enenkel. "We are thus not only in a position to install steel foundations on the open seas, but can now also produce them ourselves in advance."

The factory is partly financed by Polish state-owned investment fund Mars and the EU.

Bilfinger is working to forecasts that by 2020 offshore wind farms with a total output of 20GW will be under development in countries neighbouring the North and Baltic seas, calling for more than 3,000 foundations.