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
“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
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.