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Hornsea One monopiles arrive at Able

Able Seaton PortAble Seaton Port has seen the arrival of the first 12 monopiles for the Hornsea Project One offshore wind. The monopiles were transported by the cargo vessel Svenja which will continue deliveries over the coming months.

Working with Ørsted (formerly DONG Energy) and GeoSea NV, Able Seaton Port is providing the installation base and a range of associated services for the Hornsea Project One offshore wind farm.

The contract extends to the foundation package and includes the receipt, storage and delivery of 174 monopiles and transition pieces, weighing 900 tonnes and 350 tonnes respectively.

Offshore construction recently kicked off at Hornsea Project One with the installation of monopile at the end of January. The wind farm is located 120km off the Yorkshire coast and will consist of 174 turbines. It is poised to be the worlds largest offshore wind farm with a capacity of 1.2GW.

The foundation components are being supplied from a number of different production yards. The monopiles from EEW’s plant in Rostock, northern Germany and three companies will supply the transition pieces: Bladt from Aalborg, Denmark and OSB and Wilton Engineering, both based on the River Tees.

ABLE UK operate Able Seaton Port and their Executive Chairman, Peter Stephenson commented: “This is another major milestone for our company. We see the success in securing this type of project as very much the result of our ongoing investment in precisely the sort of specialist facilities required by this sector. It is particularly pleasing that some of the components are being manufactured in Teesside, proving, yet again, that the area has the pedigree and the infrastructure to compete at the highest level.”

Duncan Clark Hornsea Project One programme director, commented: “Able Seaton Port has a wealth of facilities and experience that we believe will add real value in delivering logistical support to the world’s largest wind farm."

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