Aibel scores Dogger Bank converter contract

In: ConvertersWindfarms
17/02/2021

Aibel has been awarded an EPC contract by Dogger Bank Wind Farm to provide the converter platform for the third phase of the Dogger Bank offshore wind farm. The contract is subject to financial close on
Dogger Bank C, which is currently forecast for Q4 this year.

In 2019, Dogger Bank Wind Farm awarded Aibel the contract for two converter platforms for the first two phases of the project
Dogger Bank A and Dogger Bank B. Aibel has now also been awarded the EPC contract for the Dogger Bank C development.

“With this award, we once again confirm our position as a preferred supplier in the European offshore wind segment and strengthen our role in the ongoing energy industry transformation,”
said Aibel’s President and CEO, Mads Andersen.

"Together with our partner Hitachi ABB Power Grids, our skilled engineers have developed integrated solutions and established an efficient supply chain for our deliveries. We are proud to see that our concept wins in a very competitive environment,”
said Executive Vice President for Field development and Offshore wind at Aibel, Nils Arne Hatleskog.

The Dogger Bank Wind Farm project is headed from Aibel in Haugesund, while the platform’s topsides are under construction at Aibel's yard in Thailand. The Dogger Bank A platform is expected to arrive in Haugesund in the first half of 2022, where it will be outfitted with Hitachi ABB Power Grids’ latest generation HVDC converter technology, including final completion and commissioning. It will be ready for sail away to the Dogger Bank field in 2023, and final completion later that year. The delivery of Dogger Bank B is scheduled for 2024, while Dogger Bank C is scheduled for 2025.

Dogger Bank Wind Farm has been developed as a joint venture between SSE Renewables and Equinor (50:50), and ENI will take a 20% stake in phases A and B, subject to regulatory and lender approvals of Eni’s agreement to enter the joint venture which are due during Q1 2021.

The project is located more than 130 km from the Yorkshire coast. Due to the size and scale, the overall wind farm is being built in three consecutive 1.2 GW phases. The project partners reached financial close on the first two phases,
Dogger Bank A and Dogger Bank B, at the beginning of December. Further to Dogger Bank A and Dogger Bank B, the project companies are also developing the Dogger Bank C project for which it is expected that a financial decision will come in late 2021.

The combined farms will be capable of powering up to 4.5 UK million homes each year when complete in 2026.
Each project is expected to generate around 6 TWh of electricity annually. The Dogger Bank Wind Farm secured 3.6 GW of offshore wind contracts in the UK government’s 2019 Contracts for Difference (CfD) auctions. The CfDs awarded provide overall price certainty to each phase of the Dogger Bank project for a period of 15 years.

Dogger Bank Wind Farm's Project Director, Steve Wilson, said: “Confirmation of our collaboration with Hitachi ABB Power Grids and Aibel on all three phases of Dogger Bank Wind Farm is another important milestone for our world-leading development. Working together in an integrated way will enable us to achieve optimum efficiency during the construction work, while the use of market-leading technology will ensure efficient and reliable transmission of renewable energy for 6 million UK households when the windfarm becomes operational.”


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