Boskalis Wins Irish Sea Wind-Farm Order From Iberdrola, Dong

Royal Boskalis Westminster NV won a 70 million-euro ($92 million) contract to install turbine foundations at a U.K. wind farm being developed by Iberdrola SA’s ScottishPower Renewables unit and Dong Energy A/S.

Boskalis will build foundations for 108 turbines at the Irish Sea wind park called West of Duddon Sands, the Dutch marine-services company said today in a statement. The work will start in early 2013 and be completed by mid-2014, it said.

The 1.6 billion-pound ($2.6 billion) wind farm is about 14 kilometers (9 miles) off Barrow-in-Furness in northern England. Dong, a utility based in Skaerbaek, Denmark, and ScottishPower Renewables are building the 389-megawatt project, which they expect to produce enough power for about 300,000 homes.

Boskalis will collaborate with Volker Construction International, a unit of Dutch Volkerwessels Bouw & Vastgoedontwikkeling Midden BV, on the contract, it said.

Iberdrola may invest 12 billion pounds in Britain this decade, including on wind projects, the Spanish company said in February. The West of Duddon Sands venture marks the start of its offshore wind investment program, it said today in a separate statement, detailing contracts valued at a combined 115 million euros for work at the project.

Boskalis also won a contract for seabed work at WindMW GmbH’s Meerwind project in the German North Sea, and an order to inspect and repair about 20 offshore oil production platforms for Maersk Oil in the Danish North Sea, it said.

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