Manor to Power Dogger Bank During Construction

Manor Renewable Energy (MRE) has won a contract to provide the complete temporary power solution for the construction of the 3.6 GW Dogger Bank offshore wind project in the UK.

Under the contract, MRE will use its generator recycling strategy, with the aim to streamline the number of sets required offshore, while maintaining and refuelling all from Walk-2-Work vessels.

“The company’s generator recycling strategy allows us to operate a much smaller number of generators than a typical operation of this scale and because our turbines will self-sustain once commissioned, we’re able to operate them for a short period of time”, said Alan Borland, Dogger Bank Wind Farm senior project manager.

The company said it will utilise local employees and contractors for their operational base, recruiting from the surrounding areas while also engaging with local training facilities in its search for both employees and training requirements.

“Preparations for the first phase of the Dogger Bank Wind Farm project are underway now, with MRE input starting in early 2023. From our interactions it’s clear from the outset that the project team are driven to deliver this project with as much local content as possible and that’s a real plus for this landmark UK project”, said Toby Mead, COO at MRE.

“Bringing new people into the offshore industry has always been an important part of our company recruitment process, and this project will allow for a large number of new hires to enter the wind industry and gain experience during the construction of the largest offshore wind farm in the world; and that’s an exciting prospect”.

Located some 130 kilometres off the North East coast of England, the Dogger Bank offshore wind farm is being built in three 1.2 GW phases.

The project will comprise 277 GE Haliade-X 13 MW and GE Haliade-X 14 MW wind turbines scheduled to deliver the first electricity in 2023.

The campaign to install turbine foundations at what will be the world’s largest offshore wind farm has commenced in recent days, with the installation of the first monopile and transition piece on Dogger Bank A.

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Once fully commissioned in 2026, Dogger Bank will be capable of providing around five per cent of the UK’s electricity.

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