Greater Gabbard consortium wins first stage of £300m Fluor dispute

UK: The consortium behind the 500MW Greater Gabbard offshore wind farm has won a judgement in its £300 million legal battle with sub-contractor Fluor.

Turbines being installed at Greater Gabbard

The dispute between Greater Gabbard Offshore Winds Limited (GGOWL), which is jointly owned by energy companies Scottish & Southern Energy (SSE) and RWE, and engineering firm Fluor centres around the wind farm's monopiles.

Fluor hit GGOWL with the £300 million claim saying GGOWL had carried out unnecessary testing and repairs to monopiles and transition pieces at the site. In NOvember last year, GGOWL had said 52 out of 140 transition pieces were defective at the wind farm.

SSE has now confirmed that GGOWL has won the first stage of the dispute. The consortium will not have to pay any money to Fluor. However, there are still a number of related claims to be resolved.

Although all of the 140 Siemens 3.6MW turbines are operational, GGOWL said it continues to maintain access restrictions around the machines.