Germany: Salzgitter Books Steel Order for Meerwind Offshore Wind Farm
Salzgitter Group company Ilsenburger Grobblech GmbH (ILG) has received an order from Siemens Wind Power A/S to supply around 15,200 t of steel plate to construct the tubular steel masts for the Meerwind offshore wind farm.
In 2011 ILG was awarded an order from AMBAU GmbH for materials for the mast foundations. This new contract means that ILG will be supplying all of the steel, totaling more than 85,000 t, for the masts for the wind farm which covers an area of 42 km² out in the North Sea.
The steel will be used to manufacture 80 wind turbine masts commissioned by Siemens Wind Power. Production of the plate, which will be supplied with seams pre-welded and dressed, has already begun. Just-in-time deliveries to the wind turbine builders in Denmark will commence in September.
Construction of the wind farm is scheduled to start in late 2012, with commissioning due by the end of 2013.
These orders underscore the high expertise and competitive strengths of Ilsenburger Grobblech GmbH as a supplier to the offshore wind industry, as the company continues to successfully develop its involvement in this sector.
With this order, the Salzgitter Group is once again demonstrating the indispensible role played by steel as the energy industry refocuses on renewables.
Ilsenburger Grobblech GmbH is a subsidiary of Salzgitter AG, one of Europe’s leading steel and technology groups with some 200 subsidiaries and associate companies and a workforce totaling around 25,000. ILG employs 800 staff at its plants in Ilsenburg and Salzgitter where it manufactures steel plate products for a wide range of applications and environments. Each year ILG supplies around 800,000 t of plate in some 350 different grades to customers all over the world.
Offshore WIND staff, August 16, 2012; Image: ilsenburger-grobblech