Norwegian contractor Aker Solutions and Germany’s Siemens Energy have been awarded a contract by Iberdrola subsidiary ScottishPower Renewables (SPR) for the East Anglia 3 (EA3) offshore wind project in the UK.
Aker confirmed the award of the “very large” engineering, procurement, construction and installation contract that will see the consortium provide two high-voltage, direct current (HVDC) converter stations for the up to 1.4 gigawatt offshore wind project.
It did not provide financial details of the deal, but Aker typically values “very large” contracts at between Nkr2 billion and Nkr3 billion ($240.4 million and $360.6 million).
However, it added it would not book order intake on the project at this stage, as the project is still subject to reaching financial close, which is expected next year.
The award follows on from SPR selecting Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy earlier this year to supply and install more than 200 turbines for its planned East Anglia Hub.
SPR's EA Hub project director, Ross Ovens, stated the early selection of contractors gave the company more time to look for opportunities within the UK supply chain, skills and manufacturing as part of its project planning and delivery.
"This will be our first HVDC link and will help us transfer more wind generation to where it’s needed and support the UK’s ambitions to reach net zero,” he added.
“Our East Anglia Hub projects have the potential to deliver more than 7.5% of the UK’s 40GW target for offshore wind generation by 2030 and the world-leading knowledge, experience and capabilities of Aker Solutions and Siemens Energy will help ensure East Anglia 3 fully plays its part.”
EA3 will be the second project to be developed in the East Anglia zone, following the commissioning of the 714 megawatt East Anglia 1 development last year.
EA3 will involve between 100 and 120 wind turbines over a 305 square kilometre area, delivering enough renewable energy to power the equivalent of more than 1 million homes.
The overall £6.5 billion ($11.9 billion) East Anglia Hub development could eventually see the completion of an up to 3.1GW complex in the North Sea, with planning applications for the 800MW East Anglia 1 North and 900MW East Anglia 2 developments currently being examined by the UK Planning Inspectorate.