Offshore Construction Begins for Record-Setting Dogger Bank Wind Farm
Offshore construction work has kicked off for what is slated to become the world’s largest offshore wind farm.
The Dogger Bank Wind Farm, located more than 80 miles offshore northeast England in the UK sector of the North Sea, will be capable of powering up to 6 million UK homes once completed in 2026. It’s being developed in three phases – A, B, and C – each with a capacity of 1.2 gigawatts (GW). The project is a joint venture between SSE Renewables (40%), Equinor (40%) and Eni Plenitude (20%).
The Dogger Bank Wind Farm will span an area of approximately 8660 km² located in water depths ranging from 18 meters to 63 meters and feature a total of 277 of GE’s Haliade-X offshore wind turbines, the world’s most powerful wind turbines.
Offshore construction kicks off with the installation of the first length of high-voltage, direct current (HVDC) export cable off the Yorkshire coast, which will connect the first phase of the windfarm to land in Ulrome. Export cables for Dogger Bank B in East Riding and Dogger Bank C on Teesside will follow.
NKT will supply and install the onshore and offshore HVDC cable for all three phases of the project using its state-of-the-art cable-laying vessel NKT Victoria.
Dogger Bank Wind Farm will also be the first HVDC connected wind farm in the UK.
“This is an exciting time for everyone involved in this project as we celebrate installing the first nearshore HVDC export cable safely and on-time,” said Dogger Bank Wind Farm Project Director Steve Wilson. “With the first foundations due to be installed later this year and the first turbines scheduled for installation in 2023, we’re now well on our way to achieving first power from this unrivaled global renewable energy asset.”
“As a long-term high-voltage DC technology partner to Equinor, Eni Plenitude and SSE, NKT is excited to have reached the installation phase of the Dogger Bank A nearshore cables,” said Darren Fennell, Head of Project Execution at NKT. “The overall project is key for the continued European focus on increasing the use of renewable energy sources and we look forward to successfully completing the cable installations.”
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