EDF hires Siemens to build UK offshore wind farm

Siemens and Dutch marine technology company Van Oord have been awarded contracts to the value of GBP150m to build EDF’s first offshore wind farm, off the northeast coast of England.

Siemens will supply and install 27 wind turbines for the 62MW Teesside wind energy project while the Dutch firm will provide the remainder, including subsea cabling and foundations.

The company said it chose experienced” contractors to ensure smooth delivery of the offshore wind power project, which is the company’s first. “We are extremely happy to have closed the wind turbine and balance of plant contracts with two very experienced companies in the offshore wind industry,” said EDF Energy Renewables CEO Christian Egal.

The developer, EDF Energy Renewables is a 50-50 joint venture between EDF Energy and EDF Energies Nouvelles.  The new wind farm is expected to deliver power to the grid in late-2012.