Wind Energy – Hornsea 3
Orsted has reached a final contract agreement with SeAH Wind and Haizea Bilbao to supply monopile foundations for its 2.8GW Hornsea 3 offshore wind project in the UK North Sea.
Haizea will start production of the 1200-2400 ton monopiles, which will be between 83-111 metres in length, in late 2024. SeAH Wind will begin the work in the second quarter of 2025.
Orsted declined to say how many monopiles each of the contractors would supply.
The contracts will see SeAH fabricate XXL monopiles for the project at a new factory being built at Teesworks on the South Bank of the River Tees in the north of England.
The Haizea Wind Group will manufacture and supply the XXL monopiles in its new Bilbao plant.
Jos Buijks, Managing Director of the Bilbao Monopile plant, highlighted the fact that the new Bilbao factory will be a state-of-the-art factory where we will be able to produce the most challenging designs in the industry in a safe, efficient and sustainable manner. “The signature of this contract is the result of the confidence that our robust plan has inspired in Ørsted, who is probably the most knowledgeable client in this industry. Also, the synergies with the existing Offshore Tower facility where we currently employ more than 400 people and produce 8m diameter tubulars, and the strategic location in the port of Bilbao will bring additional benefits to our company and the whole offshore industry”
The construction of the building for the new monopile plant will commence in the coming weeks and is schedule to be operational in the second half of 2023.