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Delay to Robin Rigg project after change in contracting strategy

E.ON's Robin Rigg project of 60 turbines in the Solway Firth off the north-west coast of England has been delayed while the company adopts a different contracting strategy. In summer 2005, E.ON had got to the point of signing a contract with Vestas as its engineer, power and construct (EPC) partner when Vestas changed its contracting policy. After experience with other offshore projects, Vestas now refuses to shoulder the burden of an offshore EPC project, choosing to limit its obligations to turbine supply. E.ON maintains the economics of Robin Rigg are more attractive than the just postponed Scarweather Sands project off south Wales due to its economies of scale. Robin Rigg has double the amount of turbines and two capital grants totalling £18 million. The company is now asking for tenders along multi-contract lines and says it aims to start work in August, with completion in 2007.

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