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Bilfinger to test steel foundations at Wikinger

GERMANY: Bilfinger has announced plans to test steel foundations at the Wikinger wind project in the Baltic Sea for Iberdrola.

Bilfinger will manufacture, install and test its steel foundations in the Baltic Sea
Bilfinger will manufacture, install and test its steel foundations in the Baltic Sea

The German engineering specialist said it will test the steel foundations from this autumn. It will install steel piles, up to 38 metres long into the seabed at the site, and then conduct under water pressure tests and begin tension tests.

Bilfinger says the findings could lead to a technically and economically optimised solution for the wind turbine foundations.

It will manufacture and install the steel turbine foundations at a planned wind site off the north-east coast of Germany, near the island of Rügen.

Bilfinger has previously worked on the foundations for the 288MW, 80-turbine Dan Tysk project and the 630MW, 175 turbine London Array development.

The firm said it would also test noise protection systems in a bid to reduce noise pollution that affects marine wildlife during the construction period to a minimum.

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