Equinor's Dogger Bank Wind Farm Partially Onstream in the UK
Posted 12/10/2023 13:27
Equinor ASA's Dogger Bank Wind Farm, located in the North Sea with a planned capacity of 3.6 gigawatts (GW), has been connected to the United Kingdom grid. The project's partial startup was announced by Equinor, marking a significant milestone eight years after the UK government approved the development plan for what's believed to be the world's largest offshore wind farm. The full capacity is set to be achieved by 2026, in three phases of 1.2 GW each, using a total of 277 turbines.
The Dogger Bank Wind Farm has begun producing electricity, with power being transmitted to the UK's national grid through the use of high-voltage direct current (HVDC) transmission technology. The first installation featured GE Vernova's Haliade-X 13 MW turbines, one of the largest and most powerful globally. This marked the first-time use of HVDC technology on a UK wind farm and the first energization of Haliade-X units offshore in the world.
Situated approximately 80 miles off the coast of Yorkshire, Dogger Bank has the capacity to power six million homes annually when fully operational. The completed project will be nearly the size of Greater London or double the size of New York City. It is set to become the world's largest offshore wind farm, more than two and a half times the size of the largest operational offshore wind farm to date.
UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak celebrated this milestone as a significant step towards the country's Net Zero by 2050 target. The project is a collaboration between Equinor, SSE Renewables, and a joint venture between Eni SPA and HitecVision AS.
Equinor CEO Anders Opedal emphasized the broader energy context and the positive impact of Dogger Bank in terms of innovative technologies, job creation, economic growth, and electricity supply security. SSE CEO Alistair Phillips-Davies highlighted the project's efficiency, which accelerates the clean energy transition.
In August, Equinor also launched the world's largest floating wind farm, the 88-megawatt Hywind Tampen project offshore Norway. This marked an important step in Norway's goal to develop 30 gigawatts of offshore wind power by 2040.