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Greater Gabbard and Fluor settle wind farm foundation dispute

May 17th, 2013

A long-standing dispute between the developer of a UK offshore wind farm and one of the engineering companies involved has been resolved.

Greater Gabbard Offshore Winds Ltd (GGOWL) and Fluor have settled all claims relating to the construction of the Greater Gabbard wind farm, which is located off the coast of England.

GGOWL, which is owned by SSE and RWE, started legal proceedings against Fluor in 2011 over the foundations of 52 of the wind farms 140 turbines. GGOWL contended that the foundations could suffer future faults.

However GGOWL now says that it is confident about the long-term structural integrity of the foundations.

“The agreement between GGOWL and Fluor is a positive development, bringing to an end the contractual dispute between the two parties,” said Iwan Tukalo, general manager at GGOWL.

The financial terms of the settlement have not been revealed but Fluor has stressed that it would suffer no material financial impact.

Fluor chairman David Seaton said: “Fluor designed and built a safe, fit-for-purpose facility, and we are pleased that the operating wind farm is meeting the owner’s operating expectations.”

Greater Gabbard has been operational since September last year.


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