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Ramboll buys offshore wind consultancy

20 Dec 12 Increasing demand in northern Europe has led Ramboll to buy a German offshore wind specialist.

IMS Ingenieurgesellschaft has 57 highly employees located in Hamburg.

“In Northern Europe, particularly Germany and the United Kingdom, more than 100 offshore wind farms at a total construction cost in the order of €100 billion are in the pipeline,” said Ramboll Energy managing director Thomas Rand. “Some 2,500 man-years for the development and management of offshore wind farms will be required over the next decade as part of the pan-European strategy to move towards an energy supply based on renewable energy.”

He said that the German offshore wind market is expected to increase in volume with an annual installation rate of 1,500-2,000MW for many years to come.

“Together with Ramboll, IMS will be able to offer the German offshore wind industry knowledge and experience from global offshore wind projects in combination with thorough knowledge and experience from the German market and local presence”, said IMS managing director Dr Peter Ruland.

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IMS was founded in 1972 and its key area of work is detailed design of offshore wind farms. In particular, it specialises in jacket foundations and substations and also provides services in wind assessments, wind energy and decommissioning of offshore wind farms.

“IMS fits perfectly into the strategy of Ramboll to become the leading European energy consultant and maintain its position as the world’s leading designer of offshore wind turbine foundations,” said director of Ramboll’s wind division Klaus Jacob Jensen. Ramboll has carried out more than 1,300 individual foundation designs for 24 offshore wind farms around the world.

IMS also provides specialised hydraulic, civil and environmental engineering services. IMS projects in recent years have included the sea recovery of the ARIANE 5 booster rockets, design of two Antarctic research stations and land reclamation for the Airbus A 380 production site in Hamburg.

Ramboll has acquired IMS from Italian engineering company Net Engineering International. IMS will continue to trade under the name of IMS under the leadership of Dr Peter Ruland.

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