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Hitachi ABB Power Grids and AIBEL confirmed for third phase of Dogger Bank Wind Farm

17th February 2021 in Press releases, Project news, Supply Chain

  • Hitachi ABB Power Grids to install HVDC Light® technology to connect the transmission link on all three phases of Dogger Bank Wind Farm, making it the UK’s first HVDC-connected windfarm.
  • Aibel to provide the offshore platforms for Dogger Bank A, B and C.

17 February 2021: Dogger Bank Wind Farm, Aibel and Hitachi ABB Power Grids are today announcing contracts to provide the offshore platform and associated transmission link for the third phase of the world’s largest offshore wind farm.

The two suppliers, which were previously appointed as tier one suppliers for the first two phases of Dogger Bank Wind Farm, are now confirmed for all three phases of the development, Dogger Bank A, B and C.

Both contracts are subject to financial close on Dogger Bank C, which is currently forecast for Q4 this year.

Dogger Bank Wind Farm has been developed as a joint venture between SSE Renewables and Equinor (50:50), and ENI will take a 20% stake in the first two phases, subject to regulatory and lender approvals of Eni’s agreement to enter the joint venture which are due during Q1 2021.

Dogger Bank Wind Farm Project Director, Steve Wilson, said: “Confirmation of our collaboration with Hitachi ABB Power Grids and Aibel on all three phases of Dogger Bank Wind Farm is another important milestone for our world-leading development. Working together in an integrated way will enable us to achieve optimum efficiency during the design, procurement and construction work, while the use of market-leading HVDC technology will ensure efficient and reliable transmission of renewable energy for 6 million UK households once all of the windfarm phases become operational.”

The electricity generated by the turbines at Dogger Bank, which are between 130km and over 200km from shore, will be transmitted onshore via subsea cables. Due to the distance of each of the Dogger Bank phases offshore, it will be the first HVDC connected wind farm in the UK. An HVDC connection will ensure the renewable energy being transmitted over the long distances from the Dogger Bank offshore to the onshore grid connections in East Riding and Teesside, will be achieved efficiently while minimising losses.

Hitachi ABB Power Grids will install its compact high-voltage direct-current technology, called HVDC Light®, for efficient transmission to the project’s onshore grid connections in the East Riding of Yorkshire for Dogger Bank A and B, and on Teesside for Dogger Bank C.

Aibel will work alongside Hitachi ABB Power Grids to provide the offshore converter platforms located in the North Sea.

“Together, with customers and partners, we are playing a key role in accelerating the energy transition,” said Niklas Persson, Managing Director of Hitachi ABB Power Grids’ Grid Integration business. “HVDC technology contributes significantly towards a carbon-neutral energy future by enabling the integration of large-scale and remote renewable energy generation,” he added. “Being selected once again underlines our customers’ trust in our world-leading expertise and delivery capabilities.”

 “Alongside our partner Hitachi ABB Power Grids, our skilled engineers have developed integrated solutions and established an efficient supply chain for our deliveries. We are proud to see that our concept wins in a very competitive environment,” says Executive Vice President for Field development and Offshore wind in Aibel, Nils Arne Hatleskog.


Picture caption: An artist impression of an offshore wind farm with an Aibel convertor platform Picture source: Aibel

 For further information:

Media contact – Dogger Bank Wind Farm: Rachel Lawrence, SSE Renewables

+44 (0) 7385 368783

Rebecca Bleasdale, Hitachi ABB Power Grids Ltd.

Head of External Communications, Content & Media Relations


Mona Winge, Aibel AS

Corporate Communication Manager

Direct: +47 85 27 41 02, Mobile: +47 98 67 55 11

GE’s Haliade-X 14MW turbine to debut at Dogger Bank C

18th December 2020 in Press releases, Project news, Supply Chain

Dogger Bank Wind Farm and GE Renewable Energy have today confirmed GE as preferred turbine supplier for Dogger Bank C, announcing at the same time plans to pioneer the upscaled 14MW Haliade-X turbine for this phase.

The 14MW Haliade-X is an upscaled version of the 13MW Haliade-X, the most powerful turbine in operation today, and installation at Dogger Bank C will mark the first time these turbines will be installed at any project world-wide.

The Turbine Supply Agreement and Service and Warranty Agreements for Dogger Bank C will be finalised in the first quarter of 2021, confirming the order and number of turbines and marking continued progress in the delivery of the third phase of the wind farm. These agreements will be subject to Dogger Bank C, which is a joint venture between SSE Renewables and Equinor, reaching Financial Close in late 2021.

Installation of the turbines for Dogger Bank C is set to begin in 2025 ahead of completion of the overall project in 2026.

At 3.6GW Dogger Bank will be the largest wind farm in the world, capable of generating enough renewable power to provide around 5% of the UK’s electricity demand. It is being built in three 1.2GW phases; Dogger Bank A, B and C.

GE is now confirmed as supplying Haliade-X turbine technology to all three phases of Dogger Bank Wind Farm including a record-breaking order for 190 units of GE’s 13MW Haliade-X for phases A and B.

Steve Wilson, Dogger Bank Wind Farm’s Project Director at SSE Renewables, said: “We’re delighted to be working with GE Renewable Energy on all three phases of our development, as the first wind farm in the world to install their innovative and record-breaking Haliade-X turbine technology. Together with GE we are continuing to lead the way on innovation in the offshore wind industry and we’re proud that Dogger Bank will now use a 14MW turbine at Dogger Bank C alongside the 13MW turbine already confirmed for phases A and B.”

John Lavelle, President & CEO, Offshore Wind at GE Renewable Energy, said: “Dogger Bank C will use a 14MW version of the Haliade-X, the most powerful offshore wind turbine in operation today. In doing so, this unique project will both continue to build on the UK’s leadership in offshore wind and serve as a showcase for innovative technology that is helping to provide more clean, renewable energy.”

Halfdan Brustad, vice president for Dogger Bank at Equinor, said: “Once again, GE has demonstrated competitiveness with its ground-breaking Haliade-X, and we are delighted we will be working with them across all three phases of Dogger Bank Wind Farm. Turbine innovation has played a huge role in bringing down the cost of offshore wind, and these world-leading turbines will help us deliver renewable electricity at the lowest cost possible for millions of people across the UK. With our partner SSE Renewables, we are pioneering new technology whilst delivering a project that will create hundreds of skilled jobs. As operator for the project, we look forward to working with the GE team for many years to come.”

Located over 130 km off the north east coast of England, each phase of Dogger Bank Wind Farm will be able to produce 6TWh of renewable electricity, totalling 18TWh annually, equivalent to powering six million UK homes each year.

For further information:

Media contact – Dogger Bank Wind Farm:

Jason Cooke, SSE Renewables

+353 (0) 86 264 6710

Rachel Lawrence, SSE Renewables

+44 (0) 7385 368783


  • 14 MW capacity
  • 220-metre rotor
  • 248 metres high
  • 107-metre long blades
  • 38,000 m2 swept area

IECRE Provisional RNA Component Certificate.

According to EPA Greenhouse gas equivalencies calculator

 About Dogger Bank Wind Farm:

  • Dogger Bank Wind Farm will be the world’s largest offshore wind farm when completed in 2026.
  • It is being built in three phases: Dogger Bank A, B and C.
  • Dogger Bank A and B is a joint venture between SSE Renewables (40%), Equinor (40%) and Eni (20%). Dogger Bank C is a 50:50 joint venture between SSE Renewables and Equinor.
  • SSE Renewables is lead operator for the development and construction of Dogger Bank Wind Farm. Equinor will be lead operator of the wind farm for the duration of the wind farm’s operational phase
  • Financial Close on Dogger Bank A and Dogger Bank B was reached in November 2020. Financial Close for Dogger Bank C is expected in late 2021.
  • Consent for Dogger Bank Wind Farm was granted in 2015.
  • Dogger Bank Wind Farm is located in the North Sea, with each phase more than 130km from the Yorkshire Coast.
  • Onshore construction began in 2020 and is currently underway for Dogger Bank A and Dogger Bank B, with offshore construction on Dogger Bank A due to begin in Q2 2022. First power is expected in Summer 2023 and Summer 2024 for Dogger Bank A and B, respectively, with commercial operations to follow around 6 months later.
  • Turbine installation for Dogger Bank C will begin in 2025.
  • A total of 320 skilled jobs for the North East of England associated with the development and operation of Dogger Bank Wind Farm have been announced so far.
  • This includes 120 skilled jobs at marshalling harbour Able Seaton Port in Hartlepool during construction, and 200 skilled jobs to be based offshore and at the Port of Tyne for Operations and Maintenance of the wind farm once operational.
  • Dogger Bank A and B has confirmed GE’s 13MW Haliade-X as the turbine powering the first two phases of the project. As the first order for the 13MW Haliade-X, installation at Dogger Bank A will be the first time the turbine is installed in the world.
  • Dogger Bank C will install GE’s upscaled 14MW Haliade-X turbine.
  • One rotation of the Haliade-X turbine blades can power one UK home for more than two days.
  • The wind turbines will be installed on monopile foundations.
  • The project will be the first High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) connected wind farm in the UK due to its distance from shore.

About SSE Renewables

SSE Renewables is a leading developer, owner and operator of renewable energy across the UK and Ireland, with a portfolio of around 4GW of onshore wind, offshore wind and hydro. Part of the FTSE-listed SSE plc, its strategy is to drive the transition to a net zero future through the world class development, construction and operation of renewable energy assets.

SSE Renewables owns nearly 2GW of operational onshore wind capacity t. Its 1,459MW hydro portfolio includes 300MW of pumped storage and 750MW of flexible hydro. Its operational offshore wind portfolio consists of 487MW across two offshore joint venture sites, Beatrice and Greater Gabbard, both of which it operates on behalf of its asset partners.

SSE Renewables is aiming to treble its renewable energy output by 2030. In addition to Dogger Bank Wind Farm, SSE Renewables is currently leading the construction of the Seagreen 1 offshore wind farm (1,075MW, SSE Renewables share: 49%) and is developing the Berwick Bank and Marr Bank offshore wind farms (up to 4,150MW) in Scotland, North Falls (up to 504MW, SSE Renewables share: 50%) in England, and Arklow Bank Wind Park Phase 2 (520MW) in Ireland. Onshore it is constructing the Viking wind farm (443MW) in Shetland and Gordonbush Extension (38MW) and has a further 1GW of onshore wind in development.

SSE Renewables is a Principal Partner to the UK Government for COP26 UN climate summit taking place in Glasgow in November 2021.

About Equinor in the UK   

Equinor has been operating in the UK for over 35 years. Headquartered in Norway, the company employs 22,000 people globally, and over 650 in the UK. As a broad energy company, Equinor is committed to long term value creation in a low carbon future, and targeting carbon neutral operations globally by 2030.

Equinor is the UK’s leading energy provider and supports the UK economy by investing billions in crucial energy infrastructure, working with over 700 suppliers across the country. Its energy supplies from Norway meet more than one quarter of the UK’s demand for natural gas and around one fifth of its demand for oil, both produced with one of the lowest carbon footprints in the industry. It operates the Mariner oil field, one of the largest and most digitally advanced offshore investments in the UK over the last decade, and is progressing Rosebank, the largest undeveloped field in the UK.

Both projects support hundreds of jobs and economic activity in Scotland. Equinor also operates two offshore wind farms off the East Coast of England, Dudgeon and Sheringham Shoal. It is a pioneer in floating wind technology with Hywind Scotland, the world’s first floating wind farm off the coast of Peterhead, which is partnered with Batwind, the world’s first battery for offshore wind. And with its partner SSE Renewables, Equinor is building the largest offshore wind farm in the world, Dogger Bank, off the North East coast of England. It is also a leader in both carbon capture utilisation and storage (CCUS) and hydrogen, and is developing a number of projects in Europe, including in the Humber and Teesside regions of North East England.

About GE Renewable Energy

GE Renewable Energy is a $15 billion business which combines one of the broadest portfolios in the renewable energy industry to provide end-to-end solutions for our customers demanding reliable and affordable green power. Combining onshore and offshore wind, blades, hydro, storage, utility-scale solar, and grid solutions as well as hybrid renewables and digital services offerings, GE Renewable Energy has installed more than 400+ gigawatts of clean renewable energy and equipped more than 90 percent of utilities worldwide with its grid solutions. With nearly 40,000 employees present in more than 80 countries, GE Renewable Energy creates value for customers seeking to power the world with affordable, reliable and sustainable green electrons.

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.

Further jobs boost for North East of England as Dogger Bank Wind Farm places record-breaking turbine order with GE Renewable Energy

22nd September 2020 in Press releases, Supply Chain

Dogger Bank Wind Farm has confirmed 190 of GE’s 13MW Haliade-X turbine will power the first two phases of the project, the largest single order ever for offshore wind turbines.

Able Seaton Port in Hartlepool, UK is confirmed as the marshalling base for service equipment, installation and commissioning activities – with the creation of 120 new skilled jobs during the construction phase and a further 120 skilled jobs to be based offshore and at the Port of Tyne for Operations and Maintenance of the wind turbines.

Please access the full press release here