London Array order for Voestalpine

An industrial company based in the Upper Austrian city of Linz has been assigned to deliver 20,000 tons of steel for a new offshore wind farm in the United Kingdom.Voestalpine AG said today (Fri) it was contracted to produce and deliver sheet metal objects weighing 20,000 tons altogether for German technology company Siemens AG which is involved in the construction of the London Array project.Voestalpine refused to name the precise value of the order. It explained the assignment was worth a two-digit million-Euro amount, adding that the devices will be manufactured at its main factory in Linz.London Array is currently built by three internationally operating energy sector firms in the Thames Estuary where the River Thames flows into the North Sea.Denmark’s DONG Energy, German company Eon and Abu Dhabi-based Masdar explained the wind farm will eventually provide up to 750,000 households with energy. Construction activities were launched two years ago, and phase one of the process is due to be completed by the end of 2012.The idea for London Array came up in 2001. It will consist of 175 wind turbines. Managers of the wind farm – located around 80 kilometres from capital London – emphasise that the project will drastically reduce the region’s carbon dioxide emissions.Voestalpine is a leading steel industry company. It achieved a turnover of 7.94 billion Euros in the first three quarters of the current business year. The company’s earnings jumped from 175.1 million to 658.2 million Euros at the same time. Voestalpine’s CEO Wolfgang Eder was named Personality of the Year 2010 by magazine Trend.