Work will soon begin to install 277 wind turbines at the offshore wind farm at Dogger Bank, just off the coast of the UK. The first of the turbines, standing at a height of 260 metres, will be installed this weekend, August 5th.
Once completed, the full installation is expected to produce 3.6GW of energy. The turbines themselves are almost twice the height of the London Eye and will be installed just off the coast of Yorkshire.
Deputy Prime Minister, Oliver Dowden, visited the coastal town of Able Seaton Port to mark the occasion, and commented, “I am pleased to be here in Hartlepool today with SSE as we install the first wind turbine at the new Dogger Bank offshore wind farm.”
He added: “This project will generate cheap, clean energy to power millions of homes and provide the UK with greater energy independence in the face of Putin’s energy ransom.”
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This first step in the development is seen as a pivotal moment for offshore wind facilities. Developed and built by SSE Renewables, one of the main energy suppliers for the UK, the project has also received support from Equinor and Vargronn – Scandinavian Energy companies based in Norway.
SSE Chief Executive, Alistair Philips-Davies commented on the project, “Dogger Bank is one of the biggest and most complex engineering and infrastructure projects anywhere in the world. Our progress here with our joint venture partners Equinor and Vargronn proves offshore wind projects of this size are now mainstream and will help turbocharge the transition to the cheaper, cleaner and more secure energy system we all want to see.”
Whilst this new development shines a light on a potential bright future for renewables within the UK, Philips-Davies also states that further action is still needed, “But we will need many more Dogger Banks to achieve our goals and we look forward to working with government to bring forward more projects at pace.”
Equinor’s Executive VP Pål Eitrheim also commented on the collaborative development, “We’re delighted to soon begin operating Dogger Bank from our new O&M base at the Port of Tyne, which will host 400 jobs over the 35-year lifetime of the wind farm. We look forward to seeing the 277 turbines installed safely over the next three years, generating green electricity at scale and powering millions of British homes.”