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MT Højgaard found liable for grouting failure

UNITED KINGDOM: Denmark-based MT Højgaard has been found liable for grouting issues at the 180MW Robin Rigg offshore wind project by the High Court in London.

E.on's 180MW Robin Rigg project in Scotland
E.on's 180MW Robin Rigg project in Scotland
The High Court ruled that even though MT Højgaard complied with the relevant international standards, it was found liable because of a "legal technicality in the contract".

In 2007, the company was awarded the contract by site developer E.on to design, manufacture and install 60 monopile foundations at the project in the Solway Firth between Scotland and England.

After installation, weaknesses were discovered in the grouted connections. E.on claimed that MT Højgaard was liable for the problem with the structures, but MT Højgaard denied liability arguing that the group had observed the applicable international standards as required by the client.

MT Højgaard has warned, as a result of the ruling, it could take a DKK195 million (EUR26.1 million) hit to its 2014 financial results.

The company is looking at taking the case to the Court of Appeal.

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