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Onshore work begins for Dogger Bank Wind Farm



Construction work for Dogger Bank, the world’s biggest offshore wind project, is underway on the Yorkshire coast.

A 50/50 joint venture between UK utility SSE and Norway’s Equinor announced the start of construction on 3.6GW Dogger Bank offshore wind power complex in the North Sea, UK.
The $11bn project includes three offshore wind farm sites - 1.2GW Creyke Beck A, 1.2GW Creyke Beck B and 1.2GW Teesside A.

The offshore wind farm will generate enough renewable energy to power more than 4.5 million homes each year.

Coastal preparation for Creyke Beck A and B is the first part of the project to break ground, with onshore cable infrastructure being installed as well as bulk earthworks for the HVDC (High Voltage Direct Current) converter stations in East Riding. The three sites that make up Dogger Bank are located between 130km and 200km offshore, meaning HVDC is needed to transmit power from the 12MW wind turbines back to the grid.

Jones Bros Civil Engineering of North Wales will lead the onshore work, which will see approximately 20 miles of ducted electrical cables installed, as well as two HVDC stations and connections to the existing Creyke Beck National Grid substation at Cottingham, just outside Hull.

Steve Wilson, managing director of the joint venture, said:

“Getting the first spade in the ground is a significant milestone on any project, but for what will be the world’s largest offshore wind farm, this is a major moment for a project that has already been over a decade in the making,”

“Dogger Bank Wind Farms will play a critical role in the UK’s effort to achieve net-zero through the use of low-carbon fuel sources and we’re incredibly pleased to work with one of the UK’s leading civil engineering contractors, Jones Bros, as we commence construction and start delivering Dogger Bank.”

The works contract also includes vegetation clearance, preparing access junctions and construction of a temporary access road to facilitate the main works, as well as installation of pre-and post-construction land drainage.

The full works are expected to take approximately two years to complete. First power from Dogger Bank is expected in 2023.

Contracts director at Jones Bros said:

“There will be up to 100 Jones Bros personnel, from management to apprentices and trainees, on site at the height of the works.” 

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Recent Comments
Good to see this project is going ahead, with wind sun and water all natural & free green and clean...Unfortunately here in Australia we’re still tinkering with fossil fuels no wind in the mix for us :-( wind barely gets a mention...
Michal Newby, 29 January 2020
I agree. I live in South Australia and there is potential for a lot more wind farms. We have them (on a small scale in world standards), much more is required.
Darren Cooper, 02 February 2020
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