Teesside manufacturer TAG Energy Solutions set windfarm foundations on their journey

The foundations of the Humber Gateway offshore wind farm have begin their journey to their North Sea home.

The first four Transition Pieces and Monopiles heading towards MPI Discovery
The first four Transition Pieces and Monopiles heading towards MPI Discovery

Leading manufacturer TAG Energy Solutions has reached a milestone in its project to make foundations for the Humber Gateway offshore wind farm.

Four 60-metre long, 650 tonne monopile foundations and four transition pieces destined for the wind farm – which is situated 8km off the Yorkshire Coast close to the mouth of the Humber Estuary – are en route to their final destination.

The foundations are part of a project to deliver 16 monopiles and transition pieces for the Humber Gateway development.

The remaining 12 foundations will sail away from TAG Energy Solutions’ 42-acre site on the River Tees before the end of August.

The first set was loaded onto a barge by a Self Propelled Modular Transporter and the transition pieces lifted by crane at TAG Energy Solutions’ wet dock facility. The barge was then taken down the River Tees were it met the MPI Discovery vessel before heading to the wind farm development.

The Humber Gateway will consist of a 73-turbine array that will generate up to 219MW of electricity, which is enough energy to power 170,000 homes.

With the award of this project, TAG Energy Solutions became the first UK manufacturer to secure a substantial monopile and transition piece project for a wind farm in British waters.

Stuart Oakley, chief executive of TAG Energy Solutions, said: “This is a landmark project, which has used a strong blend of new technology and an experienced and highly-skilled workforce, highlighting the capabilities of TAG Energy Solutions and the wider UK offshore wind supply chain.”

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