Engineering firm lands second gig on world’s largest wind farm

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Darlington-based Mech-Tool Engineering has successfully secured its second contract to fabricate 20 internal support structures to what will be the world’s largest wind farm to date.

The contract – to fabricate and supply the structures for the Hornsea One offshore wind farm – has been awarded by Billingham based OSB EEW and will see MTE manufacture the suspended internal support structures (SIPS) for OSB’s transition project.

It’s the second contract win this year for MTE on the prestigious wind farm development and follows the company’s announcement in February that it would be providing general fabrication of transportation cables.

Expected to be the largest wind farm in the world, Hornsea One is located 120km off the Yorkshire coast and, once complete, is expected to power two million homes with green electricity.

The project – which is expected to complete in 2021 – will see 174 wind turbines installed and will feature the longest powerline cable route at 900km.

MTE managing director Anthony Jones said: “MTE is very pleased to begin this working relationship and we very much look forward to providing services to OSB for many years to come and for many projects in the future.

“We see this as the beginning of a strong and valued relationship with OSB, firmly believe this verifies our position as a leading service provider in the fabrication of offshore wind structures and cements our reputation as being able to perform to and meet the exacting standards required in the offshore wind sector.

“It is important to MTE and the industry that Teesside is a key strategic location for the future development of offshore wind in the UK sector and overseas and we are firmly committed to continuing to make sure that remains so.”

The contract for OSB is a fast track project for MTE and is scheduled for completion later in the year.

It is expected that the business will allocate more than 20 staff to work on the contract which will see the SIPS fabricated to meet the harsh environmental needs of the North East Sea’s offshore wind sector.

The order adds to the company’s already well-established reputation and track record of delivery on many of the world’s largest wind farm projects.

To date the company has already provided its industry leading fire, blast and heat protection systems to offshore wind projects including both the Dudgeon and Galloper schemes.

Established in 1969, MTE has offices all over the globe including Aberdeen, Houston and Korea.


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