Sif- Smulders secures He Dreiht foundation contract

4C Offshore | Tom Russell
By: 16/06/2022 Sif
Sif, in a joint venture with Smulders, will manufacture 64 transition pieces for the He Dreiht offshore wind project being developed off the coast of Germany.

Production of all TPs is scheduled for first half of 2023. The total weight of the 64 TPs is expected to amount to 36.3 Kton.

He Dreiht is being developed as a subsidy-free wind farm, and was awarded grid connection agreement in the German capacity auction held in April 2017. The 900 MW project is located approximately 85 km north of the Borkum Island and 95 km to the west of the Helgoland Island. Its operation and maintenance will be conducted from EnBW's base in Emden. Full commissioning of the wind farm is expected in the second half of 2025.

Fred van Beers, CEO of Sif, commented: "We are grateful for the confidence EnBW has expressed in their award of this project to Sif. We will put every effort in place to support EnBW and their contract partners in turning the He Dreiht project into a success. For Sif this valuable order, which was already included in our orderbook as a project under exclusive negotiation, is an important contributor to a stable order backlog till mid-2024. Our total orderbook now has approximately 250 Kton firm orders and 20 Kton projects in exclusive negotiations for the period 2023-2024. We expect that the total production in 2023 will be approximately 200 Kton."

Raf Iemants, Managing Director of Smulders, said: "We are proud to be selected by EnBW for this contract based on our experience and proven track record. Likewise, we are extremely proud to be part of building up one of the first German Offshore wind projects without subsidies. He Dreiht is among the biggest planned offshore wind power projects in Europe and is scheduled to go into operation in 2025. It's a great day for us at Smulders. The order is one of the largest in our history and will occupy a significant part of our capacity in the coming years. Production starts in March 2023 at our yard in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. The last load out is scheduled for April 2024. The transition pieces are up to 30 meters high and close to 8.5 meters in diameter. Each element weighs more than 700 tons, including secondary steel. We are the world leader in manufacturing of transition pieces and have so far delivered to a third of the world's offshore wind turbines foundations. This project consolidates our position."

"We are pleased to have with the joint venture of Sif/Smulders two experienced partners for the production of transition pieces on board for our first subsidy-free offshore wind farm in the North Sea,
" said Jörn Däinghaus, Project Director for EnBW He Dreiht. "The expansion of renewable energies is an important focus of EnBW's strategy. It contributes to having at least half of our generation portfolio made up of renewable energies by the end of 2025 and paves the way for the company's climate neutrality in 2035."