Offshore wind farm. Image: Riekelt Hakvoort Shutterstock
Construction work on the huge offshore wind farm in the North Sea is already underway.
Power company SSE announced that onshore work for the 3.6GW Dogger Bank wind farm project had started near Ulrome, a coastal town in the East Riding of Yorkshire, England.
The Dogger Bank wind farms – which SSE has dubbed ” the largest offshore wind farm in the world ” – will consist of three 1.2 GW offshore sites: Creyke Beck A, Creyke Beck B and Teesside A. The project is the The result of a joint venture between SSE Renewables and the major Norwegian energy company Equinor.
The construction work is being carried out by Jones Bros Civil Engineering UK, a company based in North Wales.
The project is designed to use GE’s Haliade-X wind turbine, which has a 12 megawatt generator and a height of 260 meters. According to SSE, the project will have the capacity to produce enough renewable energy for more than 4.5 million homes per year.
Getting the first shovel on the ground is a significant milestone in any project, but for what will be the largest offshore wind farm in the world, this is an important moment for a project that has been underway for more than a decade.
Steve Wilson, Managing Director Dogger Bank Wind Farms.
The UK is one of the major players in the offshore wind sector. It has several very interesting projects, such as the 659 megawatts of Walney Extension, in the Irish Sea, officially opened in 2018.
The scale of this project is considerable: it is capable of supplying more than 590,000 homes with wind energy, has 87 turbines and covers an area of around 20,000 football fields, according to the Danish energy company Orsted.
Europe as a whole is home to a significant offshore wind energy sector. According to the industry body WindEurope, 409 wind turbines were connected to the grid in 2018. The average capacity of the offshore turbines in 2018 was 6.8 MW, representing an increase of 15% compared to 2017.