Sif and Smulders score Dogger Bank foundation contract

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Sif Netherlands B.V., in a consortium with Smulders Projects Belgium N.V., has been commissioned to manufacture all monopiles and transition pieces (approx. 260 kton steel) for the Dogger Bank A and Dogger Bank B projects, located in the North Sea off the North East coast of England.

The contract was awarded by Dogger Bank Wind Farm, a joint venture between SSE Renewables and Equinor, and is subject to financial close which is foreseen late 2020.

In the project-specific Sif-Smulders consortium, Sif is responsible for the fabrication and supply of the monopiles and primary steel for the transition pieces, and for the marshalling of all foundation components at its Maasvlakte 2 Rotterdam terminal.

Smulders will manufacture the secondary steel and assemble, coat and test the fully equipped transition pieces. Production in the Smulders’ facilities in Poland and Belgium will begin in May 2021. The assembly, which will be done at the Hoboken facility, is scheduled to start in September 2021 and will take approximately 10 months. The consortium is committed to include UK local content on the transition pieces for the projects in close cooperation with the Dogger Bank team.

Dogger Bank Wind Farm Project Director Steve Wilson said: “This tier one contract with the Sif Group and Smulders is the final one to be confirmed by Dogger Bank Wind Farm for the first two phases, and marks a significant milestone for the project.

"We look forward to working with the joint venture in a collaborative and innovative way, to manufacture the foundations that will support the world’s largest and most powerful wind turbines in operation, and which will provide renewable electricity to more than 4.5 million UK households.”

Fred van Beers, CEO of Sif Holding, added: “Dogger Bank Wind Farm joint venture partners SSE and Equinor are strong, experienced and reputable customers. Through our facility at MV2 we are well positioned to serve the Dogger Bank Wind Farm project and we look forward to a continuation of the excellent relationship that dates back many years already. With this biggest award ever to Sif, the projects still in exclusive negotiation and the strong tender pipeline, Sif’s mid-term order pipeline is now looking very robust”.

The Dogger Bank wind farms are located more than 130km from the Yorkshire coast. SSE Renewables is leading the construction of the wind farm, and Equinor will operate the project during its lifetime of at least 25-years. Further to
Dogger Bank A and Dogger Bank B, the two companies are also developing the Dogger Bank C project for which it is expected that a financial decision will come in late 2021.

The projects will have a combined capacity of 3.6 GW and are located over 130 km off England’s north-east coast and will be capable of powering up to 4.5 UK million homes each year when complete in 2026. Due to its size and scale, the site is being built in three consecutive phases. Each project is expected to generate around 6 TWh of electricity annually.

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