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Onshore work flies ahead on world's largest wind farm Dogger Bank

Posted by: James Turner
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Onshore work flies ahead on world's largest wind farm Dogger Bank

UK engineering contractor Jones Bros has begun work on the onshore cable infrastructure of the world’s largest offshore wind farm, Dogger Bank.

Dogger Bank will have three separate sites - Creyke Beck A, Creyke Beck B, and Teesside A - each with a 1.2 GW capacity. The company will work on the Creyke Beck A and B sites, located 130km from the Yorkshire coast in the north of England.


Jones Bros will install over 32km of electrical cables within ducts, which will run in some cases beneath existing infrastructure.

The works, which will also include completing earthworks at the project’s onshore HVDC convertor station in Yorkshire, are expected to be completed in approximately two years.

With a capacity of 3.6 gigawatts (GW), Dogger Bank will be three times bigger than the world’s biggest existing wind farm, the nearby 1.2 GW Hornsea One

Hornsea One, which is still under construction and estimated to be done later this year, will power up to a million homes. That seems small in comparison to the figure SSE has estimated for Dogger Bank: its three sites together will allegedly be able to power up to 4.5 million homes.


Dogger Bank will also be one of the first to use the world’s biggest turbine. GE Renewable Energy’s Haliade-X was tested in the Port of Rotterdam last summer; it’s 260 meters (853 feet) tall and its blades are 107 meters long (351 feet).

Offshore wind has taken off over the past few years and will continue to grow as the technology it requires becomes steadily better, cheaper, and more efficient. The new turbines being built now already generate three times as much energy as turbines from just five years ago; that’s an impressive pace, and means the expense of building wind farms are much more worth companies’ while.

Steve Wilson, Managing Director of Dogger Bank Wind Farms, 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 first project is expected to achieve first power in 2023. Full story.

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