Orsted inks a XXL monopile arrangement with Haizea

The agreement is contingent on the unidentified offshore wind farm’s ultimate investment decision.

Orsted has agreed to produce and deliver XXL monopiles for an unidentified offshore wind farm with Haizea Wind Group subsidiary Haizea Bilbao.

The foundations will be built at Haizea’s facility in Bilbao.

The arrangement, which is contingent on Orsted making a final investment decision on the project, will be Haizea Wind Group’s largest contract ever.

Haizea will be in charge of material sourcing, fabrication process engineering, and manufacturing of the XXL monopiles that will be shipped to Orsted at Bilbao’s port.

“This investment will double Haizea’s existing production capacity by extending fabrication facilities by 56,000 square meters and creating 350 additional direct jobs in the port of Bilbao, as well as a significant number of indirect jobs in local suppliers and subcontractors,” according to the company.

It was also said that additional storage spaces will be necessary to hold the monopiles before they are transported to the Orsted-contracted transportation boats.

The factory is set up to produce monopiles with a diameter of 15 meters, a wall thickness of 170 millimeters, a length of 130 meters, and a total weight of more than 3500 tons.

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