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Mammoet to provide onshore heavy lifting and transport for Dogger Bank Wind Farm

21st November 2022 in Construction, Press releases, Project news, Supply Chain

  •  Cranes will support staging of 277 sets of blades, nacelles, and towers at Able Seaton Port 
  • Contract will create approximately 30 roles at Thornaby-based lifting specialist  
  • 30 new jobs are part of approximately 470 previously announced in relation to GE contracts in north-east of England 

GE Renewable Energy has selected Mammoet UK, based in Thornaby Teesside, to supply onshore heavy lifting and transport for the staging and installation of turbines for Dogger Bank Wind Farm.   

The contract will account for about 30 of the previously-announced approximately 470 roles to be created across the north-east of England by GE in relation to the construction and operation of the wind farm.  

Mammoet will employ multiple lifting and transport crews for simultaneous operations to support with the loading of equipment and tower assembly in the marshalling harbour, a key piece in constructing the project. The team will utilise cranes and self-propelled modular transporter (SPMT) axles at Able Seaton Port, the Dogger Bank Wind Farm marshalling harbour.  

GE will start preparing the marshalling harbour and receiving components at the end of 2022. 

Mammoet UK Managing Director, Mark Sadler, said:  

“This contract represents not just a win for Mammoet and renewable energy investment but for the people of Teesside. 

“Securing the project means even greater potential investment and business growth that will expand our existing pool of highly skilled labour with renewables expertise in the region. We have a great opportunity to support GE Renewables and other businesses building the UK’s fast-growing offshore wind energy market.” 

Simon Bailey, Commercial Director for Dogger Bank Wind Farm, said:  

“We’re delighted to see another company from the north-east of England winning valuable contracts in our supply chain and playing a significant role in the construction of the world’s largest offshore wind farm. We look forward to working with GE and Mammoet on achieving this exciting milestone at Able Seaton.” 

GE Renewable Energy announced in May, 2021 that it had finalised all supply contracts for the 3.6 GW Dogger Bank Offshore Wind Farm, due to become the largest offshore wind farm in the world upon completion. 

Nathan Fahey, GE Project Director for the Dogger Bank Wind Farm, said:  

“We are delighted to announce that we have selected Mammoet UK as our cranes and logistics supplier for the Dogger Bank Wind farm. The cranes and associated equipment the company will provide and operate for us will be essential to the smooth operation of our marshalling harbour on Teesside, where 277 sets of blades, nacelles and towers of our Haliade-X Wind Turbines will be erected and transit over the course of the project. We believe Mammoet has the right expertise and equipment to be an excellent partner for us.” 

Mammoet UK’s headquarters in Teesside sits on a six-acre site located just 12 miles from the project and employs approximately over 180 full-time employees. The facility consists of offices, storage, workshop space and testing areas. Mammoet has also established an academy on the site, where it plans to train additional crews as part of the resourcing plan. This local presence is critical to the success of the project.  

Caption: Mammoet UK, based in Thornaby Teesside, will supply onshore heavy lifting and transport for the staging and installation of turbines for Dogger Bank Wind Farm.

Dogger Bank wins major safety award at inaugural RenewableUK Global Offshore Wind Awards

27th October 2022 in Community News, Press releases, Project news

The Dogger Bank Wind Farm team walked away with a major award for health, safety and wellbeing following the first ever Global Offshore Wind Awards at a ceremony at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London this week, for its ‘Safety by Design’ initiative

Organised by RenewableUK, the awards highlight the achievements of innovative people working in the offshore wind industry, as the UK continues its journey to improve Britain’s energy security through an ambition of installing 50 GW of offshore wind by 2030.

Winning the first award of the evening for Offshore Wind Health & Safety and Wellbeing, the team from Dogger Bank Wind Farm, including SSE Renewables, Equinor and foundation designer Wood Thilsted, were commended by the judges for the way they included health and safety as an integral part of project planning and how their approach was the embodiment of best practice in the industry.

The ‘Safety by Design’ initiative used operational experiences, past incidents and industry statistics to improve health and safety through design on Dogger Bank.

Through several design changes of the wind turbines, foundations and service operation vessels (SOVs), this resulted in the following improvements over the project lifetime: 1 million offshore lifts removed, manual handling of 20,000 tons over 1000 kilometres and removal of exposure to a 3-meter fall for 650 days. In addition, the risk of collision between SOVs and the wind turbines has been significantly reduced.

Accepting the award on behalf of Dogger Bank Wind Farm, Project Director Olly Cass said:

“Health and Safety are always the top priorities at Dogger Bank – our motto is ‘if it is not safe, we don’t do it.’ It is fantastic for our H&S colleagues and the wider team to have the quality of their work recognised in this way by the judges and in front of industry peers.”

Andrew Saunders, Dogger Bank Prepare for Operations Manager at Equinor, said:

”It is a real honour to be recognised by the industry for this ‘Safe by Design’ initiative, the result of strong collaboration between project partners and contractors to make a real difference. Taking G+ incident statistics, operational experiences and lessons has led us to eliminate vast amounts of craning and manual handling activities, which will have an incredibly positive impact to the health, safety and wellbeing of our technicians and engineers on a daily basis.”

RenewableUK’s Chief Executive Dan McGrail said:

“The UK is a world leader in offshore wind and it’s right to celebrate what drives our industry forward – growth, innovation, the vibrancy and resilience of our supply chain, our incredible people and the quality of our provisions on health and safety.

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Picture caption: Global Offshore Wind Awards 2022 at Royal Lancaster Hotel

Dogger Bank Wind Farm doubles community fund grants to support communities facing cost-of-living challenges

20th October 2022 in Community News, Press releases

Dogger Bank Wind Farm has doubled its operator fund grants for community groups in its key communities in recognition of increasing costs and financial pressures.

In light of the current crisis and new challenges that many communities are facing, the amount that groups in East Riding of Yorkshire, South Tyneside and Redcar and Cleveland can apply for has increased from £500 to £1000.

The Dogger Bank Operator Fund provides small grants to grass roots community projects to help enhance quality of life for local residents, contribute to vibrant, healthy, successful, and sustainable communities, and/or promote community spirit and encourage community activity. Since the fund started, 38 different projects have been supported and almost £55,000 has been awarded to help local people recover and rebuild from the pandemic and to enhance local community assets.

The funding decisions are made by a panel with representatives from wind farm joint venture partners Equinor and SSE Renewables, as well as independent participant Caroline Lofthouse from NOF. NOF is a not-for-profit business development organisation helping to make connections between national businesses and the energy sector.

Rachel Lawrence, Community Engagement Manager for Dogger Bank Wind Farm, said:

“We recognise community groups are playing an increasingly valuable role in supporting our key communities and yet they themselves are facing the financial pressures we all face currently. By doubling our operator fund grants at this time, we hope to alleviate some of the financial pressure that could prevent these critical organisations from being able to maintain and grow the services that are a lifeline for many.”  

In South Tyneside, the fund enabled South Shields Cricket Club new girls cricket team to arrange a trip to London where they received a coaching session at Lords Cricket Ground. Local charity Wilby Roc has also been funded to deliver a community well-being day. The charity recognises that many local people have had a challenging year and will deliver a well-being day which will allow community members to try new activities and crafts and learn well-being techniques.

Danielle Pollard, Education Director at Wilby Rocs, said:

“The grant from the Dogger Bank Wind Farm will go towards essential well-being services. The people of South Tyneside have been through so much and we want to create a day where we can get people together and find out how to improve well-being, physical and mental health. I give a huge thanks to Dogger Bank Wind Farm from Wilby Roc’s and the people of South Tyneside.”

Also in the region, Bede’s Helping Hands has been supported to set up a job search club in their premises. The facility will enable local people to develop CVs, search for jobs and complete on-line training.

In East Riding of Yorkshire, Dogger Bank Wind Farm has further demonstrated its commitment to enhancing local community assets with an award to Hornsea Town Walking Football Club. The club will use the £500 award to purchase a portable and fully automated defibrillator.

Jon Fish, Lead Medical Officer at Hornsea Town Walking Club said:

“I am pleased that Hornsea Town WFC now has a ‘state of the art’ portable defibrillator which can travel with players to tournament and league matches.”

Men in Sheds Beverley, East Yorkshire has also been provided with support to enhance their facilities. This will enable more local older people to meet up, learn new skills and complete craftwork for the community. The Men in Sheds initiative is used by lots of local people, especially those who experience isolation or who are recovering from health complications including cancer and strokes.

In Redcar and Cleveland, the operator fund helped local community group Normanby Community Forum with the lack of electric lighting in their Wildlife Garden. Through a successful funding application to the Dogger Bank Operator Fund, the forum was able to source a local electrician to fit a light in the Wildlife Garden, which now provides ample light coverage for the whole area, ensuring residents and passers-by feel safe and comfortable to use the space for quiet contemplation in an otherwise busy area.

Leo Croft, Community Development Officer at Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council said:

“The Wildlife Garden is a small piece of green space on the corner of an extremely busy and urbanised area of Normanby, on the border to Middlesbrough. The opportunity for local residents – especially elderly – is limited in terms of enjoying green, quiet, and tranquil spaces, therefore the Wildlife Garden is vital in providing a need for the local community. Unfortunately, lack of lighting meant that the area became secluded and attractive for anti-social behaviour on evenings.

The Normanby Community Forum are extremely pleased with the light installation, and grateful to the Dogger Bank Operator Fund for helping local communities’ complete projects such as this.”

Dogger Bank Wind Farm will be located more than 130 km off the Yorkshire coast and will generate enough renewable energy to power six million UK homes. A joint venture between SSE Renewables, Equinor and Eni, SSE Renewables is leading on Dogger Bank construction and delivery while Equinor will operate the wind farm on completion.

In June 2021, Dogger Bank Wind Farm unveiled plans for a £1 million construction fund to support the coastal communities where its onshore infrastructure is being developed. The programme includes a significant investment in science, technology, engineering and maths provision, university scholarships as well as an operators fund to support local causes.

In addition to enhancing local communities, students across South Tyneside, Redcar and Cleveland and East Riding of Yorkshire can apply for a scholarship of £5000 to help with the cost of further education qualifications while studying STEM subjects.

The Dogger Bank Scholarship Programme will reopen to new applicants in Summer 2023. Further details and how to apply next year can be found at https://doggerbank.com/about/community/.

Community projects and local organisations can apply for grants up to the new amount of up to £1000, at https://doggerbank.com/about/community/.

The groups to receive awards in the latest round and how they used their grants:

East Riding:

  • Two Riding Foundation – To support COVID-19 community responses.
  • Beeford Bowling Club – To purchase a new storage shed.
  • Long Riston Playing Fields – To re-develop a children’s playpark.
  • Rickaby Village Hall Committee – To purchase new kitchen equipment.
  • Men in Sheds Beverley – To improve the safety of a men’s shed.
  • Beverley FM – To provide work experience placements.
  • Cherry Tree Community Centre – To provide recipe bags to local residents.
  • Kilham School PTFA – To build an outside STEM learning area.
  • Nature Tots – To purchase equipment for an outdoor play group.
  • The Wombles of Beverley – To purchase litter picking equipment.
  • Woodmansey School PTFA – To purchase sports equipment.
  • Beeford Playing Fields Association – To replace vandalised pavilion doors.
  • Skipsea Village Hall – To improve a playing field.
  • Beeford Lawn Tennis Club – To purchase new tennis balls and support the upkeep of 6 courts.
  • Humberside Scouts – To develop the outside area at the activity centre.
  • Hornsea Town Walking Football – To purchase a portable defibrillator.
  • Woodmansey Parish Council – To run a community event to commemorate the Queen’s platinum jubilee.
  • Woodmansey Parish Council – To fund a defibrillator.
  • 1st Beverley St Nicholas Scout Group – To purchase new outdoor equipment.
  • Skirlaugh Bulls Youth Rugby League Club – To purchase new football kits.
  • Blackburn Leisure Bowls Club – To purchase new equipment for a youth bowls programme.

South Tyneside and Redcar and Cleveland

  • County Durham Community Foundation – To support COVID-19 community responses.
  • Radio Shields NE Ltd CIC – To support community broadcasting.
  • Bede’s Helping Hands Food Bank – To set up a job search club.
  • Kayaks – To support a special needs children’s club.
  • Bliss Ability – To run a community support group for people with depression.
  • Hedworthfield Community Association – To purchase outside seating.
  • Williby Rocs CIC – To host a community wellbeing day.
  • Action Station – To support volunteer costs.
  • Auxelia Youth Services CIC – To run a youth volunteer project.
  • Marske Sports and Recreation Partnership – To create a kitchenette.
  • South Shields Cricket Club – To support the new girls cricket team to receive a coaching session at Lords Cricket Ground.
  • South Tyneside Harton & Westoe Juniors Royals – To purchase new sports equipment.
  • Markse Community Partnership – To provide a winter community event.
  • Normanby Community Forum – To upkeep a community garden.
  • South Shields Triathlon – To expand the provision of go-tri events.
  • Tyneside Ignite CIC – To train cheerleading coaches.
  • Open Doors – To run a weekly lunch club

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Picture caption: Hornsea Town Walking Football Club committee members.

Dogger Bank Wind Farm scholar spends a day with onshore project team

11th October 2022 in Community News, Press releases

A mechanical engineering student from Middlesbrough College who received a Dogger Bank Wind Farm scholarship earlier this year has had a behind-the-scenes tour of the project’s onshore works near Redcar.

Anthony Bell, who is studying for a Higher National Diploma (HND), was given an exclusive insight into the onshore works for the world’s largest offshore wind farm when he visited the convertor station construction site.

The Redcar student is keen to pursue his interest in renewable energy and was recently awarded a Dogger Bank Wind Farm scholarship to support his engineering studies. He hopes to visit the site again when the mechanical and electrical works have started.

Anthony said:

It was a great experience to see how the Dogger Bank project is coming alive. I plan on using all of my visits, experiences and knowledge for my dissertation next year. Thank you to Chris and the team for a phenomenal day and making me feel so welcome. It has certainly inspired me.”

Chris O’Donnell, Site Manager for DBC Onshore Converter Station, said:

“Anthony was a pleasure to meet. He was friendly, polite, attentive, and interested in what we showed him on-site, which included the HVDC/AC cable routes and the OCS platform Works.

It’s great to share our journey with one of our Dogger Bank Wind Farm scholars and bring the project to life for the next generation of industry experts.”

Dogger Bank Wind Farm is being built in the North Sea more than 130km from the Yorkshire coast in three phases known as Dogger Bank A, B and C. Dogger Bank A and B phases will connect to the national grid near Beverley in East Riding of Yorkshire, while Dogger Bank C will connect to the grid near Redcar, in Teesside.

The world-class renewable energy project, which will be capable of powering 6 million UK homes annually on completion, is a joint venture between SSE Renewables (40%), Equinor (40%) and Eni Plenitude (20%).

Dogger Bank Wind Farm’s Scholarship Fund provides grants of £5,000 to 50 local students undertaking science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) courses in further education.

The scholarship fund focuses on the areas of East Riding of Yorkshire, and Redcar and Cleveland, where the windfarm connects to the National Grid, as well as South Tyneside, where the Operation and Maintenance Base will be located.

Students are reminded the scheme will reopen to new applicants in Summer 2023. Further details and how to apply next year can be found at https://doggerbank.com/about/community/.

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Picture caption: Chris O’Donnell and Anthony Bell

UK supplier starts work on third convertor station for world’s largest offshore find farm

26th September 2022 in Press releases, Project news, Supply Chain

  • Convertor station works begin for third phase of world’s largest offshore wind farm
  • Work carried out by Hitachi Energy and supported by sub-contractor Keltbray
  • Keltbray awarded civil engineering contracts for all 3 phases of Dogger Bank Wind Farm
  • Official ground-breaking event held at Hitachi site in Redcar
  • Up to 170 UK-based roles supporting construction of the wind farm’s three convertor stations at peak of work

Work has started on the convertor station for the third phase of the world’s largest offshore wind farm

Tier one contractor Hitachi Energy and civil engineering sub-contractor Keltbray will construct the convertor station on the Sembcorp complex near Lazenby in Teesside.

Dogger Bank Wind Farm Senior Project Manager Alan Borland, said:

“Starting work on the third convertor station for the world’s largest offshore wind farm is another exciting milestone for the whole team.

“It’s great to see our tier one supplier awarding another civil contract to Keltbray, a company which has played a key role in the development of the first two phases of the project.

“Dogger Bank Wind Farm will provide an affordable and secure source of renewable energy for 6 million UK homes from 2026.

Dogger Bank Wind Farm is being built in the North Sea more than 130km from the Yorkshire coast in three phases known as Dogger Bank A, B and C. Dogger Bank A and B phases will connect to the national grid near Beverley in East Riding of Yorkshire, while Dogger Bank C will connect to the grid near Redcar, in Teesside.

The world-class renewable energy project, which will be capable of powering 6 million UK homes annually on completion, is a joint venture between SSE Renewables (40%), Equinor (40%) and Eni Plenitude (20%).

It will be the first HVDC connected wind farm in the UK, paving the way for other UK wind farms and suppliers to build on our experience transmitting renewable energy safely and efficiently across long distances while minimising potential losses.

Hitachi Energy is supplying the HVDC systems to connect the wind farm to the national grid at Creyke Beck in East Riding and Lackenby near Redcar. Each phase of the project will have both an offshore and onshore convertor station to facilitate efficient transmission of renewable energy via HVDC subsea and onshore underground HVDC and HVAC cables. The two convertor stations in East Riding of Yorkshire are currently under construction at the A1079 site between Beverley and Cottingham.

In Summer 2021 Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen and Redcar MP Jacob Young signalled the start of site preparation work for the Dogger Bank C convertor station by specialists Jones Bros Civil –Engineering UK. Last week representatives from Dogger Bank, Hitachi Energy and Keltbray Group gathered to mark the start of work on the third onshore convertor station on the pre-prepared site, which is due to be completed by Q1 2025.

Keltbray is one of several UK-based firms to secure contracts on the world’s largest offshore wind farm, with more than 1,500 UK roles already created or supported in relation to the construction and operation of Dogger Bank Wind Farm. Durham-based and family-owned steel construction firm Finleys is one of the businesses that has helped with the construction of the first two convertor stations near Beverley in East Riding of Yorkshire. Up to 170 UK based roles will be supported on the two convertor station construction sites during peak times for the project.

Goran Isacsson, Project Director for Hitachi Energy, said:

“The start of construction work at the Dogger Bank C converter station here in Redcar is a great moment for the Hitachi Energy team. We are proud to be delivering three HVDC® Light converter stations for the world’s largest offshore wind farm, Dogger Banker Wind Farm. HVDC technology significantly contributes towards a carbon-neutral energy future by enabling the integration of large-scale and remote renewable energy generation.”

Keltbray Highways Managing Director, Vip Gandhi said:

“The ground-breaking ceremony marks an exciting milestone in continuing our involvement with the prestigious Dogger Bank Wind Farm. Phase C gives us the opportunity to continue providing opportunities to local people and supply chain, collectively working towards a renewable future.”

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Picture caption: Keltbray Highways Managing Director – Vip Gandhi, Dogger Bank C Project Manager – James O’Hara, Dogger Bank Wind Farm Commercial Director – Simon Bailey, Dogger Bank Wind Farm Senior Project Manager – Alan Borland and Hitachi Project Director – Goran Isacsson.