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UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson praises team behind world’s largest offshore windfarm

11th December 2020 in Press releases, Project news

The UK Prime Minister has today praised the team behind the Dogger Bank Wind Farm for the role it’s playing in bringing jobs and investment to the north of England, while driving a green economic recovery. 

Located over 130 km off the north east coast of England, Dogger Bank Wind Farm is pioneering new technology.

It will be the first project to use the largest commercially available turbine in the world, GE Renewable Energy’s 13MW Haliade-X, and due to its distance from shore, the first UK High Voltage Direct Current connected wind farm.

In a visit to the ORE Catapult, in Blyth, Northumberland, the Prime Minister said Dogger Bank Wind Farm would bring high quality jobs and investment and drive economic recovery. With a focus on skills and opportunities for young people he said the site was central to the UK’s power future, generating jobs and growth for years to come.

When fully completed in 2026, each phase of Dogger Bank Wind Farm will be able to produce 6TWh of renewable electricity, totalling 18TWh annually – enough to supply around 5% of the UK’s demand and equivalent to powering six million UK homes each year.

ORE Catapult’s world-leading facility is currently testing GE’s record-breaking turbine, ahead of its installation on Dogger Bank Wind Farm. SSE Renewables and Equinor will install 190 of the innovative turbines in the first two phases of the development.

Dogger Bank Wind Farm Project Director, Steve Wilson, said: “Dogger Bank Wind Farm demonstrates innovation and ambition never before seen in the offshore wind industry, using the world’s most powerful wind turbines in operation, GE’s 13MW Haliade-X. To have this recognised by the UK Prime Minister is a tremendous boost for our highly-skilled team, who’ve worked so hard during the pandemic to keep the project on track to supply more than 6 million UK homes from 2026.

ORE Catapult’s Blyth testing facility is playing a critically important role in the development of Dogger Bank Wind Farm. The Prime Minister was visibly impressed with the expertise he encountered there, as well as the scale of GE’s giant turbine blades and nacelles.

“The Prime Minister clearly recognises the importance of our project in the green economic recovery of the UK, as we create the jobs that will boost the economy and the renewable energy that will significantly contribute to his net zero targets in our post-COVID world.”

Chief Executive of the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult, Andrew Jamieson, said “Through our collaboration with GE Renewable Energy and LM Wind Power, the Catapult’s world leading test and validation facilities in Blyth are pivotal to delivering Haliade-X, the world’s leading offshore wind turbine, to Dogger Bank Wind Farm. As importantly, they are also at the heart of an extensive programme of UK academic research and innovation, supporting the growth of the UK supply chain and SMEs delivering the vital technologies to meet our net zero commitments and fuel the green economic recovery.

“We’re really pleased to see SSE Renewables and Equinor taking a world leading role in delivering Dogger Bank Wind Farm and adopting the breakthrough technologies of GE’s Haliade-X”.

Olivier Fontan, CEO of LM Wind Power, which is part of GE Renewable Energy, said: “It was a pleasure to show the Prime Minister GE’s world-leading Haliade-X, the world’s largest offshore wind turbine in operation today. The perfect technology for the world’s largest offshore wind farm at Dogger Bank. A single sweep of the Haliade-X blades will be able to power the average UK household for more than two days. Testing a blade of this size and complexity, at the ORE Catapult in Blyth, is a tremendous technological achievement.”

About Dogger Bank Wind Farm:

  • Dogger Bank Wind Farm will be the world’s largest offshore wind farm once complete.
  • It is being built in three phases: Dogger Bank A, B and C.
  • Dogger Bank Wind Farm is a Joint Venture between SSE Renewables and Equinor:

– When the transaction to sell a stake in the project to Eni completes in Q1 2021, the new shareholding in Dogger Bank A and B, will be SSE Renewables (40%), Equinor (40%) and Eni (20%)

– Dogger Bank C remains 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 of up to 35 years
  • 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 was granted in 2015.
  • Located in the North Sea, with each phase more than 130km from the Yorkshire Coast.
  • Onshore construction began in 2020, and offshore construction will begin with turbine installation for Dogger Bank A in 2023
  • The first phase, Dogger Bank A, is expected to be operational in 2023. The wind farm is expected to be fully operational in 2026.
  • 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, representing the first-ever install of what is the world’s largest wind turbine.
  • One rotation of the Haliade-X 13MW 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.