Implenia, WWJ to produce foundations for floating offshore wind parks in Norway
Visualisation of the planned site for the production of foundations for floating offshore wind turbines in Jelsa, on the Norwegian west coast. Image by Implenia.
Swiss construction company Implenia AG (SWX:IMPN) and Norway's WindWorks Jelsa (WWJ) are planning to build a large-scale production site for concrete foundations for floating offshore wind parks on the west coast of the Scandinavian country.
The facility will be located in the village of Jelsa and will serve the European market, Implenia said in a press statement. With an area of 800,000 sq m (956,792 sq yd), the site will provide also services for the assembly of floating offshore wind parks.
The two companies have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) which envisages serial production of the concrete structures relying on cost-effective processes and automation. Implenia will bring its expertise in concrete construction to develop a serial production which is expected to increase WWJ and the Norwegian supplier industry’s competitiveness.
With the cooperation, the Swiss company seeks to establish itself as an important player in the emerging industry.
"Floating offshore wind parks are an exciting new field within the renewable energy sector [...]. Given that steel alone cannot fulfill the world’s market demand, the production of concrete foundations for wind turbines is going to be essential for a successful transition to green energy,” said Christian Spaeth, head of Civil Engineering at Implenia.
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