The contracts have been finalised between Dogger Bank Wind Farm and GE Renewable Energy for the third and final phase of the worlds largest offshore wind farm, located off the northeast coast of England. The supply of 87 wind turbines of the 14MW Haliade-X turbine and a five-year service agreement for Dogger Bank C is now in place, securing the creation of long term green jobs for the UK.
The agreed contracts mean GE Renewable Energy will be supplying a total of 277 units of its ground-breaking Haliade-X turbine to all three phases of this world-class renewable energy project. Dogger Bank C is the third and final phase of the project and is a joint venture between SSE Renewables (50%) and Equinor (50%). While the first two portions of the project, Dogger Bank A and B, are owned by SSE Renewables (40%), Equinor (40%) and Eni (20%).
SSE Renewables is leading the construction and delivery of all three phases of Dogger Bank Wind Farm. Equinor will operate Dogger Bank Wind Farm on completion. The servicing roles will start as each phase of the wind farm is commissioned. For Dogger Bank A, this will be in late 2023, with phases B and C being completed in 2026.
On completion, 170 full-time turbine servicing jobs will be created; the jobs will be based out of the Port of Tyne. This means that almost 3,000 jobs have been designed to support the delivery and operation of Dogger Bank Wind Farm.
The 470 jobs announced after the completion of the Dogger Bank C negotiations are almost twice the number of roles that were announced in September 2020.
Of the 470 functions, 300 skilled positions will be involved in installing and commissioning across all three phases of Dogger Bank Wind Farm, which will run consecutively. These 300 construction roles will be based out of locations across the northeast of England. Already 120 construction jobs have been announced, which are based at Able Seaton Port in Hartlepool. Full details of currently available opportunities can be found at GE Renewable Energy’s Careers Website.
Steve Wilson, SSE Renewables Project Director for Dogger Bank Wind Farm, commented, “This is an exciting milestone and marks our continued progress towards financial close for the third phase of the wind farm, expected later this year.
We’re particularly proud that through our confirmation with GE of turbine contracts for the delivery of all three phases of Dogger Bank Wind Farm, the project will be responsible for creating hundreds more green UK jobs, both during construction and through to servicing. We now look forward to continuing our close collaboration with GE on this phase of the project and to demonstrate how the impressive Haliade-X technology can be installed safely, efficiently, and on a significant scale for the first time during delivery of our world-class offshore wind project.”