Bladt, EEW win Cape Wind work

Germany’s EEW Special Pipe Constructions and Danish manufacturer Bladt Industries have inked a contract to supply the foundations for the 468MW Cape Wind development off Massachusetts, on track to be the first offshore wind farm in the US.

The monopiles, being fabricated by EEW at its Rostock yard, and transition pieces, being supplied out of Bladt’s Aalbord facility, will support as many as 130 3.6MW machines, ordered in a lot in December from Siemens along with a transformer platform.

Production of the foundations parts, which will be shipped to Cape Wind’s as-yet-undecided staging post, is slated to start in January 2015.

“We will contribute with our expertise within the field and we know that our many years of experience will be valuable for this project,” says Bladt division manager Morten Mørk, noting that the two companies have manufactured foundations for offshore wind farms “all across Europe”.

Together they have delivered some 500 foundations, he adds, many of which have been for Siemens 3.6MW SWT-3.6-120 turbines.

Siemens plans to set up an O&M base for Cape Wind at Falmouth Harbor Cape Cod, with a subcontract for construction of the offshore platform agreed with contractor Cianbro, working out of its fabrication yard in Brewer, Maine.