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First EA1 jacket nears completion

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Navantia announced on social media that the first jacket foundation for the East Anglia ONE offshore wind farm is nearing completion and is expected to be ready in two weeks.

The company holds a contract for the manufacture of 42 jackets for the wind farm and is executing the work from its facility in Ría de Ferrol, Spain. Furthermore, the company also holds a contract for the construction of the wind farms offshore substation and associated foundation. The work is being carried out at the Puerto Real shipyard, in Spain.

The remaining 60 wind turbine jacket foundations are being constructed by Lamprell and Harlnad and Wolff (H&W). Fabrication work for Lamprell is taking place at its Jebel Ali and Sharjah yards in the United Arab Emirates and will be transported by Dockwise to Vlissingen, the Netherlands before installation. H&W will deliver 24 of the units between March and October 2018 from its facility in Belfast.

The 714MW East Anglia ONE offshore wind farm will be erected around 45km off the coast over an area of 300km2. The project is under development by ScottishPower Renewables and it will feature 102 Siemens direct-drive wind turbines of type SWT-7.0-154. Siemens is manufacturing the nacelles in Cuxhaven, Germany and plans to produce the corresponding wind turbine blades for the project at its new facility in Hull.

Construction is estimated to start in 2018 with the installation of the foundations and full commissioning scheduled as early as 2020. The project is expected to meet the energy demands of 500,000 British households annually.

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