One of the Netherlands' largest construction and civil engineering groups, Ballast Nedam, was last month hoping to hear the results of two bids to carry out foundation work for two offshore wind farms in northern Europe -- the Scarweather Sands project off the coast of Wales and the Borkum Riffgrund project in German North Sea waters. Construction work is due to start next year on the 30 turbine Scarweather sands project, a joint venture between E.on UK and Energi E2 of Denmark. Developer of the Borkum Riffgrund project, German firm Plambeck Neue Energien, asked for bids to supply 77 foundations and was due to evaluate them over the summer, says Ballast Nedam's Edwin van de Brug. The company hopes there should be news "very soon," he says. In partnership with Vestas, Ballast Nedam is also set to start construction on the Netherlands' first truly offshore wind project, the Near Shore Windfarm (NSW) off Egmond aan Zee by NoordzeeWind, a joint venture between Shell and Nuon. Thirty-six turbines are to be sited in water depths of 16-22 metres. Ballast Nedam is responsible for the total commissioning of NSW, including installing the wind turbines and towers and 50% of the electrical works.
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