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Lamprell wins landmark $225 million UK wind farm fabrication contract

Lamprell, a leading provider of fabrication, engineering and contracting services to the energy industry based in Sharjah and listed on the London Stock Exchange (symbol: LAM), has won a landmark US$ 225 million (AED 826.5m) contract from UK wind energy developer ScottishPower Renewables. Under the contract, Lamprell will fabricate up to 60 steel foundation jackets for the energy provider’s flagship East Anglia One Offshore Wind Farm, located in the North Sea. The offshore wind farm project is expected generate 714 megawatts (MW) of electricity for more than 500,000 homes in the United Kingdom.

Fabrication of the foundation jackets for ScottishPower Renewables is scheduled to start in March 2017 in Lamprell’s yards in Sharjah and Jebel Ali in Dubai. The group has purpose-built facilities in Hamriyah Free Zone, adjacent to Hamriyah Port, and at Port Khalid in Sharjah for construction and refurbishment for offshore drilling rigs, land drilling rigs, wind farms and other energy industry structures. The facilities cover an area of more than 0.5 million square metres (5.4m sq. ft.) and boast 1,430 metres (4,691 sq. ft.) of quayside. The fabrication of steel jackets and piles in Jebel Ali and Sharjah will take approximately 18 months, with deliveries to be made periodically between March and October 2018.

The 845 tonne, 65 metre tall three-legged steel jacket structures will be assembled in Belfast, Northern Ireland by Lamprell’s UK sub-contractor Harland & Wolff. The scope of work for the deal includes procurement, fabrication and supply of 60 foundations (comprising jackets and piles) to ScottichPower Renewables, which will then install the jacket foundations offshore in the North Sea, before adding 102 massive 7MW wind turbine generators.

Active in Hamriyah Free Zone since 2007, Lamprell opened its main fabrication and engineering facility in the zone in 2011, investing an estimated US$75 million (AED 275.5m) in the 335,000 square metre (3.6m sq. ft.), one-stop shop facility. The purpose-built facility has the capacity to accommodate up to 13 jack up rigs simultaneously, plus an additional five rigs in various stages of construction. In early 2016, the company leased an additional 114,000 square metres (1.2m sq. ft.) of new land in Phase Two of the free zone in order to construct new, fully automated fabrication areas, including pipe fabrication shops and blasting and painting sheds.

Hamriyah Free Zone houses over 6,100 companies from across 157 countries, with foreign investment from more than 500 industries in the key sectors of oil and gas, petrochemicals, maritime, steel, construction and food. Hamriyah Free Zone is located in the centre of Sharjah city, adjacent to Hamriyah Port.

Source: Lamprell, HFZA, media

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