Danish steel manufacturing company Bladt Industries based in Aalborg, northern Jutland, has gained a contract from Aarsleff/Bilfinger Berger to produce 175 wind turbine foundations for the first phase of what will become the world's largest offshore wind farm, London Array, reports financial daily newspaper Børsen.
The wind turbines will be produced in a consortium between Bladt Industries and its German collaboration partner EEW GmbH, where the former will manufacture the transition pieces and the latter the monopiles. The order is Bladt Industries' largest to date and according to MD of Bladt Industries Peter Rindebæk, has a total value of "somewhere between 1 and 2 billion kroner".
London Array, which will be built 20 km off the Kent and Essex coasts in the outer Thames Estuary, will be constructed in two phases. Phase one comprises 175 wind turbines (630 MW), which will supply electricity to around 472,500 homes.
"We have developed a project setup which streamlines the processes in our projects and has the effect that we continue to be attractive partners and see several of our customers returning," Peter Rindebæk said in a press release, adding that the company still has capacity to service both new and existing customers.
Bladt Industries also manufactured 91 wind turbine foundations for Aarsleff/Bilfinger Berger for Denmark's Horns Rev 2, which is currently the world's largest offshore wind farm.