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Cable installation begins on first phases of Dogger Bank Wind Farm

9th July 2021 in Construction, Press releases, Project news

Work has begun in East of Riding of Yorkshire to install 80 miles of cables for the first two phases of the world’s largest offshore wind farm, Dogger Bank A and B.

This major onshore milestone will involve the installation of 3,362 tonnes of cables from the landfall site at Ulrome to the onshore convertor station site near Beverley. The cables, which have a combined weight heavier than Wimbledon’s iconic Centre Court roof, will be installed by North Wales-based Jones Bros Civil Engineering.

Bristol-based high voltage engineering specialists Power Systems will support the Jones Bros team during the installation of the cables.

Jones Bros project manager James Lockwood said:

“The arrival of the cable drums marks a significant point in our works on the grid connection and land-based infrastructure.

“The site team have done a fantastic job over the past four months to allow for deliveries of the cables to start on time and on programme.

“The 80 miles of cabling will be used along a 20 mile route to help connect the offshore wind farm to the National Grid, and we remain committed to minimising disruption in the local area as we carry out this work.” 

Onshore project manager for Dogger Bank Wind Farm, Oliver Flattery, said: 

“The Jones Bros team has worked hard since the start of 2020 to safely and efficiently prepare the ground in East Riding, in readiness for more than 3,000 tonnes of cables to be installed from July onwards. 

“We thank local residents and businesses for their patience over the last 18 months, and continue to focus on operating safely and with minimal disruption as we progress our work with the installation of the cables that will transmit renewable energy to millions of UK homes.”

Dogger Bank Wind Farm, which is to be built more than 130km off the Yorkshire coast in the North Sea, is currently being developed in three 1.2GW phases: Dogger Bank A, B and C.

Dogger Bank A and B is a joint venture between SSE Renewables (40 per cent), Equinor (40 per cent) and Eni (20 per cent), while Dogger Bank C is a 50:50 joint venture between SSE Renewables and Equinor.

Tees Valley Mayor and Redcar MP mark start of site preparation work for Dogger Bank C

8th July 2021 in Construction, Press releases, Project news

Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen and Redcar MP Jacob Young signalled the start of site preparation work for the third phase of Dogger Bank Wind Farm this week.

Jones Bros Civil Engineering UK has been appointed to deliver the enabling works package for the onshore convertor station platforms for both Dogger Bank C and RWE’s Sofia Offshore Wind Farm, near Redcar, Teesside

The two neighbouring wind farm projects are working together in an innovative way to ensure minimal disruption to businesses and communities on Teesside.

The Mayor and MP joined management representatives from both projects plus from landowner Sembcorp Energy UK at the site of the onshore converter stations, adjacent to Wilton International, to officially kick-off the work and have an early tour of the site.

The Jones Bros works will include providing a level load-bearing stone platform for the converter stations; two new accesses to the site with associated bellmouths; welfare and laydown areas; drainage system, and associated utilities.

Dogger Bank Wind Farm is currently being developed in three 1.2GW phases: Dogger Bank A, B and C. Dogger Bank A and B is a joint venture between SSE Renewables (40 per cent), Equinor (40 per cent) and Eni (20 per cent), while Dogger Bank C is a 50:50 joint venture between SSE Renewables and Equinor.

Dogger Bank A and B will connect to the National Grid near Beverley in East Riding of Yorkshire, while Dogger Bank C will connect to the National Grid at Lackenby, on Teesside.

North Wales-based Jones Bros started work on the land-based infrastructure for the first two phases of Dogger Bank Wind Farm last year, and has recently increased its team to 90 as work starts on the installation of 80 miles of underground cables from Ulrome to the onshore convertor station near Beverley.

On Teesside, between 25 and 30 Jones Bros workers will be on the site at any one time on behalf of Sofia Offshore Wind Farm and Dogger Bank C.

Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen, said:

“For generations Teesside has been known the world over for our steel, engineering, and processing skills, now we are leading the way in offshore wind and developing the next generation of fuels, such as hydrogen. Projects like the Sofia and Dogger Bank offshore wind farms are critical if the government is to hit its ambitious target for the UK to be net zero by 2050, and Teesside is playing a key role.

“Today’s ground-breaking is the culmination of hard work, dedication, and commitment by so many people and symbolises a significant step forward on our path to net zero and the thousands of good-quality, well paid jobs the clean energy revolution will create right here in Teesside.”

“As responsible developers working in the same area, we’re committed to ensuring the impact on local businesses and communities is minimal.  We were delighted that Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen and Andy Koss of Sembcorp Energy UK joined us on-site today to mark the start of this work by UK-based Jones Bros.  The event marks an important milestone for both developments and demonstrates great progress for the future of green energy in the UK.”

Dogger Bank Wind Farm Project Director, Steve Wilson, said:

“As responsible developers working in the same area, we’re committed to ensuring the impact on local businesses and communities is minimal.  We were delighted that Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen and Andy Koss of Sembcorp Energy UK joined us on-site today to mark the start of this work by UK-based Jones Bros.  The event marks an important milestone for both developments and demonstrates great progress for the future of green energy in the UK.”

Sembcorp Industries CEO UK & Middle East, Andy Koss, said:

“Following the groundworks undertaken by Sembcorp Energy UK, it’s fantastic to see this next stage of the project now underway. Teesside is becoming an important hub for the offshore wind sector, due to its industrial and manufacturing heritage, experienced workforce, and location. We are well equipped and ready to deal with major infrastructure projects such as this, and proud to facilitate sustainable solutions that will help the UK reach its Net Zero target.”

Sofia Project Director Matthew Swanwick said:

“The official start of onshore construction is a culmination of many years of planning and development and testament to a huge effort, so it was a pleasure to be able to welcome Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen to site today. But it is also the start of an intense period of activity and we look forward to our continued positive working relationship with Dogger Bank C, Sembcorp Energy UK and all our contractors and stakeholders over the coming years.”

The work to construct both the converter stations will take around four years and is due to be completed in 2025.

Dogger Bank Wind Farm opens scholarship fund

1st July 2021 in Community News, Press releases, Project news

  • The scholarship fund will support students undertaking courses focussed on science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM), to help young people prepare for working life in a net zero world.
  • The programme will be open to students in South Tyneside, Redcar and Cleveland and East Riding of Yorkshire.
  • 50 scholarships will be available during the construction of the wind farm, for students in these communities studying science, technology, engineering and maths subjects to support the cost of further education.

Students from coastal communities in the north and north-east of England can apply for a new scholarship fund to prepare them for working life in a net zero world.

Dogger Bank Wind Farm recognises the education of young people has been impacted by the pandemic and is committed to supporting the green recovery by helping the next generation to gain the jobs of the future.

The scholarship fund will focus 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.

The scholarship fund will provide grants of £5,000 to 50 local students undertaking science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) courses in further education. The scholarship is to be used towards tuition fees.

The first round of the scholarship fund is open for applications until 30 September 2021 and further details can be found at www.doggerbank.com.

Steve Wilson, Project Director from Dogger Bank Wind Farm said

“We recognise the difficulties young people have had during the pandemic and we want to help the recovery. Our scholarship fund will help local students to prepare for the highly-skilled jobs that will be available in a net zero world. We look forward to supporting and inspiring the workforce of the future as we continue our work to build the world’s largest offshore wind farm.”

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 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, as well as an operators fund to support local causes. Further information is available here.

Dogger Bank confirms NKT for third phase of world’s largest offshore wind farm

30th June 2021 in Press releases, Project news, Supply Chain

Following a preferred supplier agreement announced in 2020, Dogger Bank Wind Farm has now confirmed NKT as the main contractor for delivery and installation of high-voltage DC (HVDC) onshore and offshore export cable systems for Dogger Bank C, the third phase of the world’s largest offshore wind farm.

The contract award is subject to Dogger Bank C reaching Financial Close in late 2021.

The order for NKT comprises the manufacture and delivery of more than 2x250km total system length of 320kV DC offshore export power cables, accessories as well as installation by the cable-laying vessel NKT Victoria. Manufacturing is expected from 2022 and with planned commissioning in 2026.

Dogger Bank Wind Farm is being built in three phases: Dogger Bank A and B are 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.

NKT has already been confirmed for delivery and installation of HVDC onshore and offshore export cable systems for Dogger Bank A and B.

Dogger Bank will be located more than 130km from the North East coast of England. Using HVDC systems helps to minimise electrical losses over long distances. Dogger Bank will be the first HVDC connected wind farm in the UK, paving the way for other UK wind farms. By introducing an innovative unmanned design, the offshore substations are forecast to be 70% lighter (per MW) in weight compared to conventional platforms and save hundreds of millions of pounds in costs.

Dogger Bank Wind Farm unveils £1 million construction fund to help young people prepare for a net zero world

18th June 2021 in Community News, Press releases, Project news

  • 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.
  • The programme will reach out to 142 UK schools in the East Riding of Yorkshire and North East of England, and support more than 25,000 young people.
  • 50 scholarships will also be available during the construction of the wind farm, for students in these communities studying science, technology, engineering and maths subjects to support the cost of further education.
  • Apprenticeships and Skills Minister Gillian Keegan hails investment as “innovative” way of supporting coastal communities.

Young people from coastal communities in the UK are set to share in a £1 million investment from Dogger Bank Wind Farm to prepare them for working life in a net zero world.

In a programme being developed in partnership with local authorities in the North and North East of England, a total of £1 million has been allocated during the construction of the wind farm, to put science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) at the heart of children’s education, helping them prepare for jobs that will be vital to the green economic recovery of the UK. Additional community funding will be allocated throughout the operational phase of the windfarm.

This construction fund will initially focus on the areas of East Riding of Yorkshire, where the windfarm will connect to the National Grid, and South Tyneside, where the Operation and Maintenance Base will be located.

The programme has been developed with local skills and education stakeholders to ensure it meets local priorities with a focus on early years in East Riding of Yorkshire, and primary to secondary school transition in South Tyneside.

All 124 primary schools in East Riding of Yorkshire and all 18 secondary schools in South Tyneside will have the chance to increase and expand their current science, technology, engineering and maths provision.

Both areas will also look to use the support to enhance their career advice services for school leavers.

Plans are still being drawn up for how the programme will support youngsters in the Redcar and Cleveland area, where the third phase of the wind farm will connect to the National Grid at Lackenby. These will be confirmed when the third phase, Dogger Bank C, reaches its final investment decision later this year.

In addition to enhancing STEM provision in the classroom, during the construction of the wind farm 50 students from these areas will receive a scholarship to help with the cost of further education qualifications while studying STEM subjects.

The £1 million investment also includes an Operators Fund to support other local causes to the value of up to £500. Community projects and local organisations will be able to apply at www.doggerbank.com/about/community/

The Dogger Bank Wind Farm STEM investment is one of the largest commitments to skills ever made by the offshore wind sector.

In addition to this STEM fund, Dogger Bank Wind Farm will invest £13.5 million in the Offshore Wind Growth Partnership during its lifetime, a programme set up to support the growth of the UK offshore wind supply chain. Furthermore, 50% of the wind farm’s rental payments to the Crown Estate will support the Coastal Communities Fund, a UK Government-funded initiative to support the economic  growth of coastal areas. Under the current arrangement the funds received by the Coastal Communities Fund will equate to 1% of the wind farm’s gross revenue, which could amount to tens of millions of pounds being invested in coastal communities during the operation of Dogger Bank Wind Farm.

Apprenticeships and Skills Minister, Gillian Keegan, said:

“As we recover from the pandemic, we’re investing billions of pounds to help the UK become a global leader in green technologies. This includes the creation of up to 250,000 jobs by 2030 through our Ten Point Plan, which will be critical in delivering a green industrial revolution. It’s fantastic to see the developers of Dogger Bank Wind Farm supporting this by investing in science, technology, engineering and maths skills. Not only is the world’s largest offshore wind farm pioneering new technology, it is also innovating in the way it’s supporting coastal communities to ensure young people are equipped to access the green jobs of the future.”

MP for South Shields, Emma Lewell-Buck, said:

“This is such an exciting opportunity for our young people to learn and enhance STEM skills that will equip them and put them at the forefront of skilled jobs in the green economy. I want to thank the Dogger Bank Wind Farm project’s continued investment and commitment to our community, wider region and people.” 

Beverley and Holderness MP, Graham Stuart, said:

“This investment from Dogger Bank Wind Farm is really welcome news, and it’s great that it will benefit children across the East Riding and in my constituency of Beverley & Holderness.

“Building up our domestic offshore wind capacity is bringing multiple benefits – from helping us meet our renewable energy commitments, to bringing skilled jobs to the area, to investing in our children’s education.

“I look forward to supporting Dogger Bank into the future as they generate tens of millions of pounds worth of investment into our area.”

Steve Wilson, Project Director from Dogger Bank Wind Farm, said:

“We are proud that alongside the jobs and supply chain investments we’ve already attracted to these local economies, we can also help make a real difference to the lives of people in our local communities with this innovative package of support.

“We estimate more than 25,000 young people from 142 schools in the north and north-east of England will benefit from this funding, as we open their eyes to the green industry opportunities of our net zero future.

“Renewable energy will increasingly become a source of skilled jobs in the UK as we come through the pandemic, and rebuild our economy. This is one of the most significant investments the offshore wind industry has made in future skills, and could be the key to unlocking the future potential of many young people, as we put STEM skills at the very heart of their learning.”

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 for its lifetime, from a new base to be constructed at Port of Tyne.

Work is already underway on the first two phases of the development in East Riding to prepare the 30km cable route from Ulrome to Creyke Beck Substation, near Beverley.

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For further information:

Media contact – Dogger Bank Wind Farm:

Jason Cooke, SSE Renewables

Jason.cooke@sse.com

+353 (0) 86 264 6710

 

Media contact – Dogger Bank Wind Farm:

Rachel Lawrence, SSE Renewables

rachel.lawrence@sse.com

+44 (0) 7385 368783