Iberdrola SA (BME:IBE) has selected Spanish wind turbine towers maker Windar Renovables to manufacture transition pieces for the 1,400-MW East Anglia Three offshore wind project in UK waters.
The Spanish utility ordered 95 transition pieces for the East Anglia Three turbines, which makes Iberdrola’s contract the largest order for Windar, the companies said in Thursday’s announcement.
Each transition piece will be up to 20 metres high with eight metres in diameter, weighing 300 tonnes. The assignment will create 400 jobs and keep workers employed for over 2 million working hours over a period of 23 months.
East Anglia Three, part of the East Anglia offshore wind farm complex, will be located off the coast of Norfolk. Its commissioning is expected in 2026.
Construction of the onshore portion of the project started in the summer of 2022.
Windar will manufacture the pieces mainly at its facilities in Aviles, northern Spain, before shipping them to the UK. The company previously made 42 jackets and 126 pin piles for Iberdrola’s 714-MW East Anglia One wind farm, which is currently operational.
With this contract, Windar Renovables joins other Spain-based contractors that Iberdrola hired for the East Anglia Three project. Earlier this year, Siemens Gamesa secured a firm contract to supply 95 wind turbines, while Basque Country-based Haizea Wind Group signed a framework agreement to supply 50 monopiles for East Anglia Three.