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Dogger bank Wind Farm launches Redcar & Cleveland primary careers programme

30th March 2022 in Community News, Press releases, Project news

  • Youngsters in Redcar and Cleveland to benefit from share in £1 million Dogger Bank construction investment package.
  • The money will be focussed on science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) learning, to help young people prepare for working life in a net zero world.
  • Building Our Future primary careers programme supported by Dogger Bank Wind Farm will reach out to all 44 primary schools and approx. 11,000 pupils in Redcar and Cleveland.
  • University students are also already benefiting from STEM scholarships from the wind farm.

Dogger Bank Wind Farm is delighted to unveil plans to support 11,000 pupils from 44 primary schools in Redcar & Cleveland during its construction period.

As part of its wider £1 million investment across the north-east of England and Yorkshire announced in Spring 2021, the wind farm is now ready to formally launch its Redcar and Cleveland STEM education programme support.

At a breakfast meeting with local schools today, the wind warm will announce it will be investing in the Building Our Future Primary Careers Programme. Following a successful pilot of the programme in the region, Dogger Bank Wind Farm will invest further to help embed careers education, and particularly STEM careers, into every primary school in Redcar and Cleveland.

Today’s announcement takes the total number of schools benefiting from the Dogger Bank STEM programme to 204. It takes the total number of pupils the wind farm is reaching out to with its investment to 36,000.

The Redcar and Cleveland programme will be delivered by Redcar and Cleveland Voluntary Development Agency with strategic support and guidance from Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council. During a three-year period, the programme will broaden the careers awareness of primary school children and help them to understand the world of work by introducing them to a wide range of exciting local occupations.

The programme will provide advice, guidance, and training for teaching staff and help embed careers education into core school delivery. The programme will work closely with local employers so that young people get a unique understanding of the world of work.

Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen, said:

“Our region is the global go-to place for companies looking to push forward net zero innovation, delivering thousands of good, quality well paid jobs for local people. With so many jobs in the cleaner, healthier, and safer industries of the future coming here it’s essential that our young people know there is a bright future ahead of them.

“This investment from Dogger Bank Wind Farm will mean thousands of pupils across all of Redcar and Cleveland’s primary schools will be able to learn about these future opportunities, with a particular focus on STEM careers.

“Creating good quality job opportunities is at the heart of everything we’re doing across Teesside, Darlington and Hartlepool, from the Freeport to the Airport. It’s essential that we build knowledge of the opportunities on our doorstep, that’s why I extended our Tees Valley Careers programme to include primary schools so that our young people can make clearer choices, achieve their full potential, and stay local but go far.”

Jacob Young, MP for Redcar, said:

“The pupils currently attending in Redcar and Cleveland’s primary schools are part of a generation that will grow up with the benefit of the new and exciting job opportunities that are fast coming to Teesside.

“It’s absolutely right that we do everything we can to encourage and inspire these children to be aware of the opportunities that are going to be available to them as soon as possible, even during their primary school years.

“I wholeheartedly welcome the Building Our Future primary careers programme and I hope it inspires every one of the 11,000 primary pupils in Redcar and Cleveland to become a new generation – inspired, confident and optimistic.”

Rachel Lawrence, Stakeholder Manager from Dogger Bank Wind Farm said:

“We know from talking to educational experts that children start to make important career choices during their primary school years. Embedding career discussions and activities in primaries will not only help young people to understand the breadth of opportunities available to them, but it will also be a fun and interactive way of helping them to make sense of the world around them. Through this investment from Dogger Bank Wind Farm, we hope to help pupils to unlock their potential and put them on a path to a successful, fulfilling and rewarding career.”

Dogger Bank Wind Farm will be located more than 130 km off the northeast 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.

The wind farm is being built in three consecutive phases, connecting to the National Grid in both East Riding of Yorkshire and on Teesside. The third phase of the wind farm, Dogger Bank C, will reach landfall at Marske-by-the-sea. The underground onshore cables will be routed to an onshore convertor station near Lazenby, where preparation work is already underway. Once the current is converted, the renewable energy will make its way to an existing National Grid substation at Lackenby.

The project unveiled plans for its £1 million investment in communities last June and the team has been working with local educators in Redcar & Cleveland since then to develop a STEM programme that directly addresses the requirements of young people in the region.

Mike Milen, Chief Executive at Redcar and Cleveland Voluntary Development Agency, said:

“Redcar & Cleveland and the wider Tees Valley region is undergoing huge change with significant inward investment, alongside our partners and with support from Dogger Bank Wind Farm we want to make sure more of our young people have an opportunity to access these new opportunities.”

Amanda Olvanhill, Head of Employability at Redcar and Cleveland Council, said:

“This investment from Dogger Bank Wind Farm will help build on a strong foundation and successful pilot funded through Sirius 106 monies, ensuring that all our primary schools have access to dedicated support and resources to help embed careers and highlight exciting local developments, STEM sectors and job roles.”

In addition to enhancing STEM provision in the classroom, several local students from Redcar and Cleveland will receive a scholarship to help with the cost of further education qualifications while studying STEM subjects.  Six local students have already received a scholarship of £5,000 from the programme and more students will receive support when the fund reopens in May.

The wind farm also has an Operators Fund to support local charities and community groups, with grants up to £500. This fund will help support projects which enhance the quality of life for local residents, contribute to sustainable communities or help promote community spirit. Further information is available at here.

Caption: Amanda Olvanhill, Head of Employability at Redcar and Cleveland Council (pictured left), and Rachel Lawrence, Community Engagement Manager for Dogger Bank Wind Farm (pictured right).

 

Dogger Bank Wind Farm base’s £7.5m boost to north-east of England

9th March 2022 in Community News, Operations, Press releases, Project news, Supply Chain

O&M Base Construction

Construction of the Operations and Maintenance (O&M) base for Dogger Bank Wind Farm in the Port of Tyne has positively impacted the region’s economy with over £7.5 million re-invested throughout North-East England.

In line with the project objectives, Bowmer + Kirkland, principal contractor for the O&M base construction, are actively engaging local supply chain partners and throughout the duration of the scheme, a key focus has been placed on procuring goods and services locally.

To date, over £4.4million has been spent within the South Tyneside Local Authority area with supply chain partners, including South Tyneside based Castle Building Services Limited and Thompsons of Prudhoe Limited benefitting from the project. Numerous other sub-contractors from across the region including Newcastle based Chemplas Limited and Durham based Wyn Construction Limited have also been engaged on the project’s further £3.1million local spend.

Liz Wilson, B+K Project Manager for the Dogger Bank O&M base construction, said:

“Each project that B+K deliver provides an opportunity for us to significantly benefit the communities in which we operate. As a contractor with offices located in the North-East, we are committed to supporting regional growth by providing opportunities for local supply chain partners to engage with projects such as the Dogger Bank operations and maintenance base.”

The project, which is located at the Port of Tyne, has provided opportunities for a number of local companies including those classified as micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME), which account for 89% of the supply chain. Packages equating to 95% of the construction cost to date, have been awarded to MSME’s.

Mark Halliday, Dogger Bank Operations Director, said:

“We are extremely proud to be working with so many local businesses for the construction of our operations and maintenance base. We will continue to bring more North-East expertise into the project as we move into the O&M phase in order for the local community to benefit from this world leading project.”

The project commenced in September 2021 and as the project progresses, and further work packages are made available, B+K will continue to engage with supply chain partners who are based in close proximity to the project with the aim of increasing the high level of regional investment already generated by the project.  The project previously announced that the base will be constructed and operated in line with the UK Green Building Council’s (UKGBC) Net Zero Carbon Buildings Framework.

Dogger Bank Wind Farm is located more than 130km off the North-East coast of England and is being delivered by joint venture partners SSE Renewables, Equinor and Eni. SSE Renewables is leading on construction and delivery while Equinor will operate the wind farm on completion. 370 jobs have so far been created associated with the long-term operations of the wind farm from the Port of Tyne. In total, over 3,000 jobs have now been created or supported through the project.

Dogger Bank will be world’s largest offshore wind farm upon completion in 2026. Due to its size and scale, Dogger Bank is being built in three consecutive 1.2GW phases; Dogger Bank A, Dogger Bank B and Dogger Bank C. In total the wind farm is expected to generate enough renewable electricity to supply 5% of the UK’s demand, equivalent to powering six million homes.

Eni joins Dogger Bank C as sell down process completes

10th February 2022 in Press releases, Project news

10 February 2022: Eni has today officially joined the Dogger Bank C project partnership after both SSE Renewables and Equinor completed agreements to sell a 10% interest each in the third phase of the wind farm to the company.  

Eni is already a partner with SSE Renewables and Equinor on the first two phases of Dogger Bank Wind Farm, which will be the world’s largest offshore wind farm when complete in 2026. Now, with the completion of this deal, Eni takes a combined 20% equity stake in the third phase of the 1.2GW project, further strengthening the partnership between SSE Renewables, Equinor and Eni to deliver the world’s largest offshore wind farm. 

Located off the north-east coast of England, Dogger Bank Wind Farm is being built in three 1.2GW phases and will be the largest offshore wind farm in the world when operational, with an overall capacity of 3.6GW. Dogger Bank C, which won a CfD in the 2019 auction, is around 560km² in size and at its closest point is 196km from shore. The third phase project is being developed on a different timescale to the first two phases, Dogger Bank A and B, which are being constructed at the same time. Dogger Bank C will connect to the National Grid at the existing Lackenby Substation in Teesside. 

Eni entered the Dogger Bank C project alongside SSE Renewables and Equinor with effect from project financial close, which was reached on 1 December 2021. The combined total equity consideration received at closing was GBP £136m, or GBP £68m to both SSE Renewables and Equinor for each 10% stake. Both SSE Renewables and Equinor each maintain 40% stakes in Dogger Bank C following completion. 

With Eni joining SSE Renewables and Equinor across all three phases of this world-leading project, Dogger Bank Wind Farm now has the benefit of a consistent combination of equity partners across all of its three phases, enabling further synergies during both construction and operations. SSE Renewables will continue to lead on the development and construction of Dogger Bank Wind Farm, and Equinor will operate the asset on completion.  

Once the three phases are complete, which is expected by March 2026, Dogger Bank will be the largest offshore wind farm in the world. In total it is expected to generate around 18 TWh annually, enough renewable electricity to supply 5% of the UK’s demand and equivalent to powering six million UK homes. 

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Dogger Bank C in UK offshore wind first to provide reactive power capability

7th February 2022 in Press releases, Project news

  • Delivery of Dogger Bank Wind Farm enables cost-saving reactive power solution for National Grid ESO.
  • First time a National Grid ESO reactive power tender has been awarded to an offshore transmission asset.
  • ESO’s Voltage Pathfinder results in millions of pounds of consumer savings and engineering solutions needed for tomorrow’s greener grid. 

Dogger Bank Wind Farm has secured a UK power first by becoming the first offshore wind farm project to win a tender from National Grid ESO to provide reactive power capability. The sector-first contract will help deliver a greener grid, maintain a stable voltage power supply, and help drive down UK consumer costs by millions of pounds.

Dogger Bank Wind Farm is breaking world records and pioneering new technology in its delivery. Now, in another UK first enabled by the delivery of the Dogger Bank project, an offshore wind farm’s transmission asset will deliver reactive power for UK consumers, helping solve future grid system needs and taking us another step closer to net zero carbon electricity generation.

Located off the north-east coast of England, Dogger Bank Wind Farm is being built in three 1.2GW phases and will be the largest offshore wind farm in the world when operational, with an overall capacity of 3.6GW. Dogger Bank C, which won a CfD in the 2019 auction, is around 560km² in size and at its closest point is 196km from shore. The third phase of the project is being developed on a different timescale to the first two phases, Dogger Bank A and B, which are being constructed at the same time. Dogger Bank C will connect to the national grid at the existing Lackenby Substation in Teesside.

Under new £22.5m Pennines Voltage Pathfinder contracts announced today, National Grid ESO has awarded a 10-year power contract to Dogger Bank C that will see its onshore converter station at Lazenby in the North-East of England provide 200 MVAr* of reactive power capability between 2024 and 2034. This marks the first time that an offshore wind transmission asset has been awarded a contract through a reactive power tender by National Grid ESO.

National Grid Electricity Transmission will provide a similar grid-support service in West Yorkshire following the closure of other power stations in that region. Together, Dogger Bank C and National Grid Electricity Transmission will provide 700 MVAr* of reactive power capability for the next decade while saving consumers millions of pounds**.

As Britain’s system operator, National Grid ESO has an obligation to ensure voltage is managed within strict guidelines to ensure the safe and secure provision of electricity to consumers and businesses. Reactive power capability is vital for managing voltage and being able to operate a zero-carbon system of the future.

Under its Pennines Voltage Pathfinder programme, National Grid ESO identified the need for reactive power solutions to be provided in the years ahead in the North-East of England following the expected closure of Hartlepool nuclear power station in March 2024.

Following a competitive process to ensure the most cost-effective services are selected, Dogger Bank C wind farm’s offshore transmission asset has been selected to provide the reactive power capability needed to help stabilise voltage on the grid for ten years from 2024.  The award of the reactive power contract to Dogger Bank C’s planned offshore transmission asset has the added benefit of eliminating the need to develop new grid solutions in the region to provide this service, thereby averting the construction of additional energy infrastructure and so reducing visual impact on coastal communities in line with a key aim of the Offshore Transmission Network Review.

SSE Renewables, which is leading on the construction of Dogger Bank Wind Farm, is due to commence onshore construction works for the offshore transmission asset later this summer.

Steve Wilson, SSE Renewables Project Director for Dogger Bank Wind Farm, said:

“Dogger Bank Wind Farm is continually pushing the boundaries of what can be achieved through the delivery of an offshore wind farm, breaking records and setting new milestones here in the UK and globally.

“Today’s announcement that Dogger Bank C will become the first UK offshore wind farm to use the functionality of its offshore transmission assets to support National Grid ESO in balancing the network at the lowest cost is further proof of the outstanding innovation that our Dogger Bank team continually strives to deliver. It also demonstrates the significant positive impact that offshore wind energy, and Dogger Bank in particular, is having on delivering the UK’s net zero carbon electricity system while driving down long-term energy costs for British consumers.”

Julian Leslie, Head of Networks at National Grid ESO, said: 

“These services take us another step closer to 100% zero carbon operation, showcasing Britain’s innovation in engineering and driving competition within the system, ultimately saving consumers millions of pounds.

“Reactive power capability is vital for managing voltage and being able to operate a zero carbon system of the future so we’re excited to see that an offshore wind farm’s transmission asset will deliver reactive power to support the wider network for the first time in Britain.”

Dogger Bank Wind Farm is located more than 130km off the north-east coast of England and is being delivered by joint venture partners SSE Renewables, Equinor and Eni. SSE Renewables is leading on construction and delivery while Equinor will operate the wind farm on completion. Due to its size and scale, Dogger Bank is being built in three consecutive 1.2GW phases; Dogger Bank A, Dogger Bank B and Dogger Bank C. In total the wind farm is expected to generate enough renewable electricity to supply 5% of the UK’s demand, equivalent to powering six million homes.

East Riding teenager secures apprenticeship on world’s largest offshore wind farm

7th February 2022 in Community News, Press releases, Project news

  • Fin Needham is one of 6 higher engineering apprentices working for Jones Bros Civil Engineering UK on Dogger Bank Wind Farm sites.
  • This week (7 – 13 February) marks National Apprentice Week, an annual celebration of apprenticeships in England

February 04, 2022: A teenager from Nafferton in East Riding of Yorkshire is helping to build the world’s largest offshore windfarm after securing an apprenticeship with the project’s civil engineering contractor.

Fin Needham (18), lives just a short distance from the sites in East Riding where the onshore work has been taking place, in preparation for the first two phases of the wind farm to connect to the National Grid near Beverley.

The teenager has been working on the Dogger Bank Wind Farm sites with Jones Bros Civil Engineering UK and is now studying towards his Higher National Certificate in Civil Engineering at Coleg Cambria, with plans to move on to a degree-level Higher National Diploma in the future.

Fin is delighted to start his career on the world’s largest offshore wind farm and says his family are over the moon to see him on his way to a career in a growing industry.

“Both my parents were really pleased when I found out I had been successful in applying,” said the former Driffield School and Sixth Form student.

“I’d completed my A Levels in maths, physics and geography, and didn’t initially know what I wanted to do next.

“I had been looking at apprenticeships online, as had my mum, and in the end I applied to Jones Bros as we both recognised the company because we often drive past the Dogger Bank site.

“I really enjoyed being able to start close to home, getting involved with the hands-on aspects of engineering, using the GPS surveying equipment and helping out with trenches and the ducts that the high voltage cables will run through.

“Everyone has been incredibly welcoming, particularly two of the other apprentices who are a bit further along the course who I worked alongside so I could get my bearings.”

Fin says the company’s involvement in renewable energy projects was a big incentive in choosing the North Wales-headquartered firm.

He added:

“Low carbon projects like Dogger Bank Wind Farm are only going to get more important in the future, so the skills I’m learning will be relevant for a long time.”

Dogger Bank Wind Farm is being built in three consecutive 1.2GW phases; Dogger Bank A, Dogger Bank B and Dogger Bank C. When all three phases are complete in 2026, the wind farm will produce enough renewable energy for 6 million UK homes.

Jones Bros has six higher engineering apprentices and two trainee general construction operatives on site across the three phases of Dogger Bank Wind Farm, with four plant operatives having completed their qualification while working on the project.

Dogger Bank A and B is a joint venture between SSE Renewables (40%), Equinor (40%) and Eni (20%). In November 2021 SSE Renewables and Equinor, 50:50 joint venture partners in Dogger Bank C, announced Eni will take a 20% stake in the final phase, with SSE Renewables and Equinor maintaining 40% stakes each. The deal is expected to complete in Q1 2022, subject to  regulatory approvals.

Garmon Hafal, training manager at Jones Bros, said:

“We’re pleased to see how well Fin has started on the apprenticeship, and everyone out on site was very complimentary of his work.

 “We are always keen to invest in our staff. Our higher apprenticeship offers degree-level qualifications with further opportunities to progress towards a Master’s in engineering and chartered engineer status.

 “Higher apprenticeships are a fantastic way to start in the industry, and I would encourage anyone considering a career in civil engineering to give it some thought.”

Dogger Bank Wind farm Onshore Works Manager, Oliver Flattery, said:

“It’s great to see our supply chain giving opportunities to young people in the communities where we’re building our onshore infrastructure.

 “We hope this is the start of a rewarding and exciting career for Fin. 

“We welcome him to the Dogger Bank team and look forward to working with him as we build the vital infrastructure to support our net zero future.”