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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