World's Largest Offshore Wind Farm, Dogger Bank, Initiates Installation of Mammoth Turbines
Posted 04/08/2023 13:15
The installation process has commenced for the first of 277 turbines that will form the colossal Dogger Bank offshore wind farm, situated off the coast of England. Standing at a staggering height of 260 meters, nearly double the size of the London Eye, these turbines will be positioned approximately 80 miles from Yorkshire, with the first power generation expected to begin in the coming weeks.
The remarkable vessel, Voltaire, boasting a lifting capacity of 3,200 tonnes, the largest of its kind globally, will be employed to undertake this groundbreaking endeavor. The installation of the first turbine is set to begin this weekend. Once fully operational, Dogger Bank will emerge as the world's largest offshore wind farm, occupying an area almost as large as Greater London.
With an installed capacity of 3.6 gigawatts, the project will have the capability to generate sufficient clean energy to power approximately 6 million homes annually, making it more than two and a half times larger than any other offshore wind farm to date. Dogger Bank's massive scale has necessitated its development in three distinct phases - A, B, and C.
Alistair Phillips-Davies, CEO of SSE Renewables, emphasized the significance of this ambitious project, signaling a remarkable transformation in offshore wind projects. The collaboration with joint venture partners Equinor and Vårgrønn reflects an extraordinary commitment to the transition towards a more affordable, cleaner, and secure energy system.
The Dogger Bank wind farm involves the deployment of GE Renewable Energy's powerful 13-megawatt Haliade-X turbines, known for their remarkable size and capabilities. The project's developers anticipate that the wind farm will create and support over 2,000 jobs, particularly in the North East of England.
Throughout its construction, Dogger Bank has already achieved several world-firsts, including the deployment of new 13MW and 14MW turbine technologies, the world's first unmanned offshore High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) substation platform, and the first use of HVDC technology on a UK wind farm.
The success of Dogger Bank underscores the significance of extensive collaboration in developing large-scale offshore wind farms, fostering innovation, and solidifying the North Sea's position as Europe's renewable power plant. The project holds promise in transforming the offshore wind supply chain and facilitating further progress towards renewable energy goals.