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Bilfinger Mars Offshore to provide foundations for Race Bank wind farm in UK

CTBR Staff Writer Published 09 July 2015

Bilfinger Mars Offshore (BMO) has won a contract to provide foundation components for the 580MW Race Bank offshore wind farm in the UK.

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The contract with Dong Energy will see BMO make 91 steel transition pieces (TPs) for the project, located about 27km off Blakeney Point on the UK's North Norfolk coast.

Production is due to start in September this year at BMO's new manufacturing facility in Szczecin, Poland.

Commenting on winning the Race Bank TP tender, BMO chairman of the board Dirk Kassen said: "It is a huge success. We have worked very hard during this last year.

"Throughout factory construction, we had to prove, we are able to produce significant numbers ofhigh quality foundation elements. During site visits, we became trustworthy for our contract partner - and trust in business is normally built up over many years."

The Race Bank project, which will span about 29 square miles, is expected to start operations by 2018. It will deliver enough energy for over 400,000 homes.

Dong Energy acquired the Race Bank offshore wind farm from Centrica in December 2013. It will be developed and operated under the UK government Renewable Obligation Scheme.

The wind farm is expected to save more than 830,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions per year.

Image: Bilfinger Mars Offshore will make 91 steel transition pieces for Race Bank offshore wind farm in the UK. Photo: courtesy of Bilfinger Mars Offshore.