Wood Thilsted scores East Anglia Hub design contract

4C Offshore | Tom Russell
By: 12/10/2021 Wood Thilsted
Wood Thilsted has been selected by ScottishPower Renewables to execute a detailed design contract for the East Anglia Hub. It concerns the design of foundations for more than 200 14+MW Siemens Gamesa turbines that will stand in waters more than 50m deep in the East Anglia Hub, off the Suffolk coast.

The scope for the Wood Thilsted team  includes monopile and transition piece design, detailed geotechnical interpretation and structural design across all three sites of the Hub.

The turbines on East Anglia
ONE North, TWO and THREE that form the 3.1GW East Anglia Hub will be among the world’s most powerful. East Anglia THREE has consent and results of the planning process for East Anglia ONE North and TWO are expected by January 2022.

Subject to the outcome of the planning considerations, construction of the East Anglia Hub is expected to commence in 2023, with completion in 2026.

Ross Ovens, East Anglia Hub project director, said: “Wood Thilsted’s expertise is vital to us being able to deliver the safest and most efficient foundations for this hugely significant project.

“Design has a major bearing on costs, safety and installability so bringing in an international team that has the right level of experience – in this case with the latest generation turbines – is extremely beneficial to the future success of the East Anglia Hub.”

Ed Crammond, director at Wood Thilsted, said: “We are working very closely with ScottishPower Renewables, who share our strong belief in the importance of a multi-disciplinary design approach to continually improve offshore wind’s LCOE (levelised cost of energy). Together with parent company, Iberdrola, they are setting a very good example for the industry.”