Mabey Bridge seals its first offshore renewables contract

Mabey Bridge — which opened its £38m wind turbine tower factory in May 2011 — has sealed its first offshore renewables contract.

The deal — with Fugro Seacore — will see a 46m-long, 2.5m-diameter, 170-tonne monopile manufactured and delivered to E.ON. It will be used as the foundation for a met mast for the Rampion offshore wind farm, which is proposed to be 13km from the nearest point off shore in Sussex, south-east England.

Manufacturing of the monopile and topside is already under way at Mabey Bridge’s 33,000m³ bespoke Chepstow-based manufacturing facility. The monopile will be delivered to installation contractor Fugro Seacore in March 2012.