SSE Venture and Fluor End Dispute on U.K. Offshore Wind Turbines

An SSE Plc venture and Fluor Corp. ended a contractual dispute relating to wind-turbine foundations at a North Sea offshore wind farm.

Greater Gabbard Offshore Winds Ltd., owned by Perth, Scotland-based SSE and RWE AG, reached agreement with Fluor on all outstanding claims relating to the construction of the 500-megawatt Greater Gabbard facility, SSE said today in an e-mailed statement without giving terms of the accord.

The main claim related to the quality of as many as 52 upper foundations forming the base on which the turbine stands, and 35 lower foundations supporting the same machines, according to the statement. Greater Gabbard Offshore Winds is “now confident about the long-term structural integrity of the disputed foundations,” it said in the statement.

Fluor said in a separate statement it built “a safe, fit-for-purpose facility” and that the agreement resolves all disputes, ends its involvement in the venture and has no material financial impact on the Irving, Texas-based company.

“The agreement between GGOWL and Fluor is a positive development, bringing to an end the contractual dispute between the two parties,” Iwan Tukalo, general manager at GGOWL, said in today’s statement. All 140 turbines at the park have been operational since September, according to SSE.

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