German wind power contract for Aibel Norway

Aibel Norway has been awarded a contract from ABB for designing and building a platform for a large offshore wind project in Germany. The value of the contract is around NOK 1.7 billion.

‘This is fantastic and a breakthrough for us. Our investment in renewable energy is paying off,’ states President and CEO Jan Skogseth in Aibel AS. It is an important “green” step forward for the company,’ says Skogseth.

The platform can receive electricity generated by three wind farms, totalling more than 200 turbines. It will be the size of a football pitch and have its own accommodation onboard for 24 people.

‘This is a concept which can be used for wind farms with a sea depth of between 15 and 45 metres. It represents a wealth of possibilities for the future,’ enthuses Skogseth.

He points out that the investment in offshore wind farms in Europe is huge and growing. Over 60 such farms are planned in the German sector alone up until 2030. The United Kingdom is following suit.

The contract will be managed from Aibel in Haugesund. Construction will start next year at a yard outside Norway whilst final assembly will be performed in Haugesund.

‘Our first wind platform will leave the yard in Haugesund in the summer of 2014 and be towed to the Dolwin field,’ concludes Skogseth.

‘Over the next ten years, we expect orders will be placed for more than 20 such convertor platforms in the German and British sectors. This can be the start of a new and exciting business area for us,’ says Skogseth.

He adds that Aibel is considering setting up office in Germany as a result of the need for maintenance of the wind platforms.