Ørsted has revealed a multi-million-pound agreement to become the first and lead customer for SeAH Wind Limited monopile foundations made at the planned UK facility of SeAH Wind Limited. The facility is SeAH Steel Holdings (SeAH) subsidiary based in th UK. On the multi-million-pound agreement, SeAH will be the main supplier of monopiles for Hornsea Three offshore wind farm, producing them from a factory at Able Marine Energy Park, on the Humber. The site is capable of manufacturing the extra-large monopiles needed for the new generation of larger wind turbine designs.
SeAH expects to start the manufacturing operations in 2023. The dialogue is ongoing over the final number of monopiles to be provided by SeAH’s new facility to Hornsea Three. The deal, for getting a Contract for Difference and Final Investment Decision (FID) for the wind farm, will play a great role in triggering the manufacturing of monopiles in the UK. SeAH Wind Ltd in July 2021 got a £260 million ($351 million) FID for the Humber new factory, which will be connected with a grant from the UK government.
Tacking Climate Change
The Minister for Energy, Clean Growth and Climate Change, Greg Hands, stated: “Today’s multi-million-pound consensus between Ørsted and SeAH Wind for SeAH Wind Limited monopile foundations is a good example of industry cooperation and a great vote of confidence in the Humber region. The multi-million-pound agreement demonstrates the commitment to tackling climate change and supporting unlock investment in the UK as we grow back greener.”
Hornsea Three was granted permission in December last year and will be Ørsted’s UK fleet offshore wind farms latest version with a capacity of around 2.4GW. When completed, the scheme will be able to provide clean electricity to over two million UK households. The Head of Region UK at Ørsted, Duncan Clark stated: “The Hornsea Three team has partnered extensively with SeAH Wind to help their investment decision to develop a new, globally competitive monopile foundations factory across the UK.
Source: Construction Review Online