After winning contracts to install GE Haliade-X 13 MW offshore wind turbines at Dogger Bank A & B last year, Jan De Nul has now signed an agreement with Dogger Bank Wind Farm for the transport and installation of 87 GE Haliade-X 14 MW units at the final phase of the project, Dogger Bank C.
Under the new contract (subject to the project’s third phase reaching financial close later this year), Jan De Nul will mobilise its new installation vessel Voltaire, which is scheduled to install the wind turbines on the first two phases, as well.
Dogger Bank Wind Farm will be the vessel’s first assignment.
“By the time Dogger Bank Wind Farm is complete, this low emissions vessel will have installed 277 of the world’s most powerful turbines at the world’s biggest offshore wind farm; quite a feat for the Voltaire’s first assignment”, said Halfdan Brustad, Vice President for Dogger Bank at Equinor, which is building the Dogger Bank C phase together with SSE Renewables.
Jan De Nul started the construction of its next-generation jack-up installation vessel in May, when a steel cutting ceremony was held at the Cosco Shipping Shipyard (Nantong) in China.
The vessel is scheduled to enter service next year.
Dogger Bank A and B, owned by Equinor, SSE Renewables and Eni, will feature 190 Haliade-X 13 MW turbines (95 each), scheduled to deliver first electricity in 2023.
Onshore work for the first two phase started this month in Teesside, with cables about to be installed for the wind farm’s connection to the UK grid.
Once the entire 3.6 GW Dogger Bank Wind Farm is operational in 2026, it will generate enough energy to power over 6 million UK homes every year.
SSE Renewables is leading the development and construction phases of Dogger Bank Wind Farm and Equinor will lead on operations for its lifetime of up to 35 years.