€48m Northwind contract goes to G&G and Idesa

72 transition pieces ordered, installation to begin summer 2013

Fabrication of 72 foundation transition pieces has been ordered by the developer of the 216MW Northwind offshore wind farm, planned for Belgian waters. The €48m contract will be shared by Belgian steel fabricator, G&G International, and Spanish firm, Idesa.

The transition pieces will be ready next summer, when installation is due to begin. G&G will be responsible for 40 of the 72 structures, while Idesa will make 32. Each transition piece will be 22m high and 4.5m wide. Their weight will be 200t. In addition, a structure will be built for the foundation that will support the project’s offshore electricity substation.

Commenting on the contract win, G&G chief executive Patrick van Melis said: "Our reputation as a high quality and reliable constructor combined with a good price ensured we won this order. Northwind found in us not only the competence and capacity to deliver constructions on time, they also appreciate our pragmatic approach to always come up with workable solutions."

For G&G, the Northwind order follows on from success in fulfilling a €55m contract to supply 30 transition pieces for the 108MW Riffgat project.

The offshore wind sector represents G&G’s largest single client base, as reported by Windpower Offshore last month. Offshore wind contracts have grown to account for about three quarters of the company’s annual revenue, which is approximately €70m.


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