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Sif Smulders consortium to provide foundations for first two phases of Dogger Bank Wind Farm

17th November 2020 in Press releases, Project news, Supply Chain

Dogger Bank Wind Farm and a joint venture between the Sif Group and Smulders are today (17 November 2020), announcing a contract to provide the wind turbine foundations for the first two phases of the world’s largest offshore windfarm.

Dogger Bank is a joint venture between SSE Renewables and Equinor, with SSE Renewables leading on the construction phase and Equinor leading on the operation for the lifetime of the project of at least 25 years.

As part of the Sif-Smulders consortium, Sif will be responsible for the fabrication and supply of 190 monopiles and primary steel for the transition pieces, as well as for the marshalling of all foundation components. Smulders will be responsible for the supply, fabrication and fit-out of the secondary steel for the transition pieces.

The contract, which is subject to Dogger Bank A and B reaching Financial Close, includes monopile foundations and transition pieces that will be designed by UK-based designers Wood Thilsted. Wood Thilsted were part of the team that pioneered the PISA design methodology for monopolie foundations, using geotechnical engineering through the design process to optimise the final design. Transportation and installation for the foundations will be undertaken by OHT, with installation due to begin summer 2022.

Dogger Bank Wind Farm previously announced a record-breaking contract with GE Renewables to provide 190 of its 13MW Haliade-X turbines for Dogger Bank A and Dogger Bank B.

Dogger Bank Wind Farm Project Director, Steve Wilson, said: “We’re working with the consortium on an innovative approach to manufacturing and installing UK-designed foundations that will support the world’s largest and most powerful wind turbines in operation.

“As the final tier one supplier to be confirmed in the Dogger Bank Wind Farm development, this contract marks a significant milestone for us. In the meantime, we continue to explore opportunities for other UK-based businesses to be part of this developing supply chain.”

Fred van Beers, CEO of Sif Holding, said: “Dogger Bank Wind Farm joint venture partners SSE and Equinor are strong, experienced and reputable customers. Through our facility at MV2 we are well-positioned to serve the Dogger Bank Wind Farm project and we look forward to a continuation of the excellent relationship that dates back many years already. With this biggest award ever to Sif, the projects still in exclusive negotiation and the strong tender pipeline, Sif’s mid-term order pipeline is now looking very robust.”

For further information:

Media contact – Dogger Bank Wind Farm:

Rachel Lawrence, SSE Renewables

T: +44 (0) 7385 368783

Media contact – Sif

Fons van Lith

+31 (0)475 385 777

+31 (0)6 5131 495

Media contact – Smulders

Britt Weckx

+32 (0)14 672 281

About Dogger Bank Wind Farm

  • A 50:50 joint venture between Equinor and SSE Renewables.
  • Financial Close on Dogger Bank A and Dogger Bank B is expected in late 2020 with Financial Close for Dogger Bank C expected in late 2021.
  • Consent was granted in 2015.
  • Located in the North Sea, with each phase more than 130km from the Yorkshire Coast.
  • Each phase of the project (Dogger Bank A, Dogger Bank B and Dogger Bank C) will have an installed capacity of 1.2GW and will be able to power 1.5 million homes. Together, they can provide approximately 5% of the UK’s estimated electricity generation.
  • Construction activities started in 2020; while turbine installation is scheduled to begin in 2023 at Dogger Bank A.
  • The first phase, Dogger Bank A, is expected to be operational in 2023.· The project will be the first in the UK to use a High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) transmission system due to long distance to grid connection point.
  • GE’s innovative and record-breaking 13MW Haliade-X is the turbine that will power the first two phases of the project
  • The contract with Sif Group and Smulders completes the list of tier one suppliers for the first two phases of the development. They are: GE Renewables, Jan De Nuul, Saipem, Aibel, ABB, NKT, OHT, DEME Offshore, Port of Tyne, Jones Bros, Sif Group and Smulders consortium, Wood Thilsted

About Sif Holding N.V.

Sif is a leading manufacturer of large steel tubulars, which are used as foundation components for the offshore wind and offshore oil & gas markets. The Company manufactures customised tubular components for offshore foundations, predominantly in the greater North Sea region. Sif combines a highly automated and flexible production facility with technology leadership in rolling and welding of heavy steel plates, which is based on almost 70 years of experience and innovative in-house developed techniques and processes. Sif primarily produces monopiles, transition pieces and piles that are used to anchor jacket foundations in the seabed for offshore wind turbines, as well as legs, pile sleeves and piles of the larger jackets for oil & gas as well as tubular structures for various uses such as jetties.

About Smulders

Smulders, subsidiary of Eiffage Métal, is an international steel construction company with a proven track record in the engineering, production, delivery and assembly of heavy, technically complex steel constructions. With over 50 years of experience in its field, Smulders was the logical choice for offshore wind structures back in the pioneering days of wind energy 20 years ago. Today, Smulders is an established market leader and can boast delivery of 30 substations, more than 1,900 transition pieces and 100 jackets. Smulders has more than 1,000 employees working across 5 locations.

About Eiffage Métal

Eiffage Metal is the Eiffage Group’s brand dedicated to metallic construction. Eiffage Metal’s teams contribute their recognized turnkey project expertise in the field of steel construction to the design and construction of steel structures and building envelopes and façades. They also specialize in multi-technical solutions for all industrial sectors, and particularly energy, with their proven experience in offshore windfarm building. Present throughout Europe and internationally, Eiffage Métal employs more than 2,300 people and has 9 plants.

World’s most powerful wind turbine in operation achieves certification

12th November 2020 in Press releases, Project news

GE Renewable Energy’s Haliade-X 12MW wind turbine has achieved its type certificate from the world’s largest independent certification body, DNVGL.

The 12MW turbine is the precursor to the 13MW version of the turbine, which will be used in the first two phases of the world’s largest offshore wind farm, Dogger Bank Wind Farm. This certification is an important milestone as Dogger Bank A and Dogger Bank B progress towards financial close.

This full type certification of the world’s most powerful wind turbine in operation today follows a provisional type certification announced in June, and is an independent verification that the new turbines will operate safely, reliably and according to design specifications.

The process of certifying the Haliade-X involved a series of tests on a 12MW prototype located in Rotterdam, and tests of the turbine’s 107 meter blades at the UK’s Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult in Blyth and the Massachusetts Wind Technology Testing Centre in Boston.

Dogger Bank Wind Farm Project Director, Steve Wilson, said: “When installation of the Haliade -X begins in 2023, it will mark the first offshore installation of the world’s most powerful wind turbine in operation today at the world’s largest offshore windfarm.

“The certification of this industry leading turbine is another important step forward for our ground-breaking project and is great news for innovation within the wider global offshore wind industry.”

Vincent Schellings, Chief Technology Officer for Offshore Wind at GE Renewable Energy, said “This is a key milestone for us as it gives our customers the ability to obtain financing when purchasing the Haliade-X.  Our continued goal is to provide them the technology they need to drive the global growth of offshore wind as it becomes an ever more affordable and reliable source of renewable energy.”

GE Renewable Energy recently announced that the prototype has been optimised and is now operating at a 13 MW power output. Testing will continue and the company expects to obtain a type certificate for the Haliade-X at 13MW  in the first half of 2021.



Opportunity to lead the sector, managing operations at the world’s biggest offshore wind farm

6th November 2020 in Press releases, Project news

Dogger Bank Wind Farm is pleased to announce an exciting job opportunity, as Operations Director for the world’s biggest offshore wind farm.

The project is a 50:50 joint venture with SSE Renewables leading on the construction phase whilst Equinor will lead on operating the wind farm for its lifetime of at least 25 years.

As the operating company, the Operations Director will work for Equinor, and will be based at the project’s new Operations and Maintenance hub at the Port of Tyne to lead on operations across all three phases of Dogger Bank.

Dogger Bank Wind Farm will be located over 130km from the North East coast of England, and when fully operational will be able to provide renewable energy to over 4.5 million homes, around 5% of the UK’s electricity needs. Due to its size the wind farm is being built in three 1.2GW phases; Dogger Bank A, B and C.

Halfdan Brustad, Vice President for Dogger Bank at Equinor, said: “This is an exciting position which combines the opportunity to shape the strategic operational direction for Dogger Bank and define sector-leading performance at the world’s largest wind farm. Another important element is the ability to really drive innovative and future-fit operations, taking advantage of digitalisation and robotics to improve profitability and safety. We want Dogger Bank to be a flagship digitalisation project, pioneering best in class across the sector.

“With both its size and distance from shore, Dogger Bank provides opportunities to really push the boundaries. We recently signed contracts with GE Renewable Energy for 13MW Haliade-X turbines for the first two phases of the wind farm, which will be the first time these models are installed anywhere in the world, and the project will also be the UK’s first HVDC connected offshore wind farm which will lead the way for other UK wind farms. There are many reasons to be proud working on the Dogger Bank.”

The role is now open for applications and the description can be found here:

Equinor is looking for someone with solid experience and a strong strategic orientation with the ability to drive complex change agendas. The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate strong commercial instinct, curiosity, and a desire to take the offshore wind business to the next level.

Over 200 people will be directly employed on the project, with roles ranging from offshore technicians, who will be based at the wind farm to engineers, planners and warehouse staff based from the Port of Tyne.

Equinor is an international broad energy company, headquartered in Norway and with expanding operations in the UK. With a firm ambition to become a global offshore wind major the company has outlined plans to grow its renewables capacity by thirty times over the next 15 years.

As well as operating the world’s first floating wind farm, Hywind Scotland, it operates two wind farms off the Norfolk coast, Dudgeon and Sheringham Shoal and is currently developing plans to extend them both, doubling their capacity in Norfolk.

To find out more about careers at Equinor visit:

UK energy minister to speak at Dogger Bank Wind Farm-sponsored supply chain event

28th October 2020 in Press releases, Project news

The Minister of State for Business, Energy and Clean Growth, Kwasi Kwarteng, will speak at the opening session of Offshore Wind North East 2020 next week.

The virtual event, which is organised by NOF and supported by the Dogger Bank Offshore Wind Farm, is billed as the place where the offshore wind sector meets to network and do business.

This year’s key themes will include energy transition and the role of offshore wind, the future of the floating market, Innovation and global offshore wind markets.

There will also be sessions focused on North East England offshore wind projects, Dogger Bank Wind Farm and Sofia Offshore Wind Farm.

Speaking at the event, the Energy Minister is set to reaffirm the UK Government’s commitment to offshore wind after the recent announcement by the Prime Minister to invest £160m in ports and facilities in support of the sector.

Offshore Wind North East 2020 is the place where the offshore wind sector meets to network and do business

Offshore Wind North East, which is sponsored by Strategic Event Partners Dogger Bank Wind Farm and Sofia Offshore Wind Farm, along with Regional Event Partners, Invest North East England and Invest Tees Valley, will also provide a platform for the region’s supply chain with an online exhibition area showcasing the expertise, products and capabilities of a wide variety of companies and organisations.

James Ritchie, Chair of Energi Coast, said: “This will be the first time that the Offshore Wind Conference will be held as a virtual event, and it comes at a particularly exciting time for the Offshore Wind industry in the region.

“We welcome the Government’s commitment to the industry, and the recent announcement by the Prime Minister demonstrates the importance of offshore wind to the UK’s energy requirements. North East England is fully equipped to support the growth of the industry and play an instrumental role in the UK’s green recovery and net zero ambitions. We have the experience, expertise and track record to support current and future projects, which will be highly evident at Offshore Wind North East.”

Dogger Bank Wind Farm - SSE Renewables - Equinor

Dogger Bank Wind Farm is a Strategic Event Partner for the two-day virtual event

Steve Wilson, Dogger Bank Wind Farm’s Project Director at SSE Renewables, said: “Dogger Bank Wind Farm and our appointed tier 1 contractors are committed to supporting the development and growth of a competitive supply chain, particularly from UK-based suppliers.

“Offshore Wind North East is a great chance for companies in the offshore wind sector to meet and discuss opportunities in order to take advantage of this rapidly-growing sector. We’re building the largest offshore wind farm in the world and by supporting this event we can help small, medium and large-scale businesses to both compete in the UK market and potentially become global leaders in offshore wind too.”

Sofia’s Project Director David Few said: “We are once again a Strategic Event Partner for OWNE2020 as it provides a great platform for RWE Renewables to signpost our projects and highlight opportunities, while bringing together suppliers from across the offshore wind supply chain and creating a lively marketplace for the whole sector. This is why we, in Sofia, see significant value in ensuring we have a strong presence and visibility.

“The world of virtual events is evolving but right now, when meeting face-to-face is just not possible, OWNE2020 will play a vital role in helping to keep our industry, particularly in the North East, connected and thriving.”

Tickets are available for the conference via or by contacting Philippa Smith, Lead Events Coordinator on email at or by telephone on +44 (0) 191 375 1639.

GE’s Haliade-X offshore wind turbine prototype operating at 13MW

22nd October 2020 in Press releases, Project news

GE Renewable Energy’s Haliade-X prototype, which is to be used in the first two phases of the Dogger Bank Wind Farm, is now operating at a 13MW power output following optimisation.

The Haliade-X 13MW offshore wind turbine will be used in the first two phases of UK’s Dogger Bank Wind Farm, with a total of 190 units to be installed starting in 2023. This will mark the first installation of the world’s most powerful wind turbine at what will be the world’s biggest offshore wind farm.

GE Renewable Energy’s Haliade-X prototype is now operating at a 13MW power

During the next few months, this prototype will undergo a series of tests to perform different types of measurements and obtain its type certificate.

The Haliade-X 13MW, which is an uprated version of the prototype that has been successfully operating in Rotterdam since November 2019, recently secured its provisional type certificate and set a new world record by generating 288 MWh in one day.

This uprated 13MW Haliade-X version will continue to feature 107m long blades and a 220m rotor, and will be able to generate 4% more Annual Energy Production (AEP) than the previous 12MW version of the prototype.

Vincent Schellings, Chief Technology Officer for Offshore Wind at GE Renewable Energy, said “With three years in the making, the Haliade-X platform has proven to be a successful story. Combined with almost 5GW of customer commitments and an international testing and R&D program, the 13MW uprated version is a true testament of how we continue to innovate and develop our Haliade-X technology to address our customers’ needs.”

The Haliade-X platform serial production will start in the second half of 2021 at GE’s Saint-Nazaire factory in France.

The Rotterdam-based prototype set a new world record in January 2020 by generating 288 MWh of continuous power in one day. It has also been recognised as the Best Sustainable Invention of the Year by TIME magazine (December 2019) and Best Wind Turbine of the Year (January 2020) by Wind Power Monthly magazine.

Steve Wilson, Dogger Bank Wind Farm’s Project Director at SSE Renewables, said: “These record-breaking turbines are once again demonstrating exactly why they’ve been selected for the world’s biggest offshore wind farm. This innovative technology will be installed for the first time in the world, on the first two phases of Dogger Bank Wind Farm. Not only will this mark a significant milestone for the offshore wind industry, it will also lead to the creation of skilled jobs to support the construction and maintenance of this ground-breaking project.”