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SSE reveals issues with 500MW Greater Gabbard

UK: Scottish & Southern Energy (SSE) has revealed 52 out of 140 transition pieces are defective at its 500MW Greater Gabbard offshore wind farm.

Greater Gabbard monopile row continues
Greater Gabbard monopile row continues

The Greater Gabbard Offshore Wind Ltd consortium (GGWOL) is in dispute with contractor Fluor of the quality of the project’s monopiles. GGWOL consists of SSE and RWE.

SSE revealed the current situation regarding Greater Gabbard during its 1H results. It said it had notified Fluor last month that the 52 transition pieces were faulty and that a large number of the monopiles were also not up to standard.

SSE reiterated that Fluor was contractually obliged to rectify the issue.

Earlier this year, Fluor handed GGWOL a £300 million claim, alleging the consortium has carried out unnecessary testing and repairs to monopiles and transition pieces. GGWOL has threatened to counter sue.

SSE said 122 wind turbines have now been installed on the project with 83 producing electricity. It said it believed all of the turbines should be installed before the end of 2012.

Speaking about its wider offshore wind commitments. SSE said it would be prioritising the 500MW Galloper wind farm (in partnership with RWE) and the 1GW Beatrice wind farm (in partnership with Repsol).

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