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SSE claims "robust defence" in Greater Gabbard dispute

Utility confident following end of arbitration with Fluor

SSE said its joint venture with RWE had issued a "very robust defence" against a £300m (€375m) claim by its contractor on the UK’s Greater Gabbard offshore wind farm, as it issued its half-year results on Wednesday.

US engineering giant Fluor is seeking compensation from project company Greater Gabbard Offshore Wind (GGOWL) for the added costs it incurred, allegedly caused by delays in the fabrication of monopile foundations and transition pieces.

The arbitration process for the dispute has concluded, but the arbitrator is yet to disclose its decision.

GGOWL has issued a counterclaim alleging that 35 turbine foundations out of the project’s 140 were of poor quality and needed repairs. It also claims that 52 of the transition pieces connecting foundations and turbine towers were defective. A hearing on the counterclaim is due next year.

Like RWE's earlier this week, SSE’s results credited the now operational Greater Gabbard for a major role in its renewables revenues.

Wind energy overtook hydro to become SSE’s major source of renewable electricity generation with an output of 1,698GWh for the six months to 30 September 2012, compared with hydro’s 1,042GWh. The boost in wind generation came from both the 504MW Greater Gabbard and 350MW Clyde onshore wind farm coming on line.

  

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