Further contracts awarded for Gwynt y Môr wind farm

Bladt Industries and EEW Special Pipe Construction have been awarded approximately €240m (£204m) to manufacture the wind-turbine foundations for the Gwynt y Môr offshore wind farm.

This latest contract means Gwynt y Môr, off the north Wales coast, is in a position to move ahead with offshore construction works by the end of 2011.

At 576MW, Gwynt y Môr will be one of the largest offshore wind farms currently in construction, and is being built by RWE npower renewables. The project is a shared investment between partners RWE Innogy, Stadtwerke München and Siemens.

Once fully operational, energy generation from Gwynt y Môr is expected to be equivalent to the average annual needs of around 400,000 homes.

RWE npower renewables said in a statement that it is finalising the establishment of construction port facilities close to the site of the wind farm. At the port, final preparations will be made to the foundations before they are then installed in water depths of between 12-28m. The port will also be the base for the installation vessels, engineers and technicians.

The first foundations are scheduled for delivery into the UK in late 2011, for installation shortly after. It is anticipated that foundation installation work will be completed by late 2013.