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    SMart Wind and Mainstream Renewable Power sign geotech deal with Fugro

    News // May 31, 2011

    SMart Wind (a joint venture between Mainstream and Siemens Project Ventures) and  Mainstream Renewable Power have signed a five year framework agreement with Fugro Geoconsulting Ltd to carry out detailed geotechnical studies at three offshore wind projects in Europe.

    The agreement is valued at £60 million and by contracting for all three projects together, the companies expect to make significant savings on the geotechnical costs.

    The detailed geotechnical work, which excludes onshore and cable route studies, is due to commence this summer at SMart Windís 4,000MW Hornsea zone off the east coast of England and early next year at Mainstreamís 450MW Neart na Gaoithe project in Scotland. Studies are due to commence in 2012 at Mainstreamís 1,000MW Horizont project in German waters.

    Andy Kinsella, CEO of Mainstreamís Offshore business and Chairman of SMart Wind commented: ďThis is another first for Mainstream and Smart Wind. Weíre fully committed to reducing the Cost of Energy and not only are we making significant savings on this agreement; we are also ensuring vessel availability by thinking strategically and working in partnership with Fugro.Ē

    Dr Wolfgang Bischoff, CEO of Siemens Project Ventures at Siemens Financial Services, who is also the Vice Chairman of SMart Wind said:" We are very happy to see that SMart Wind is moving forward on the right track. This contract further demonstrates our commitment for a sustainable and green future."

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