Construction on what is poised to be the world’s largest offshore wind
farm started this week. Near the coastal village of Ulrome, East Riding
of Yorkshire, Jones Bros Civil Engineering (Jones Bros) has broken ground
for the Dogger Bank Wind Farm project.
Jones Bros has been commissioned to install the onshore cable infrastructure
for both the Dogger
Bank Creyke Beck A
Bank Creyke Beck B
offshore wind projects. The works will also involve completing bulk earthworks
at the onshore high voltage direct current convertor station locations
in East Riding.
The onshore infrastructure includes the installation of approximately 20
miles of electrical cables within ducts. The ducts will be installed within
trenches and where required via drilling under existing infrastructure
and natural obstacles. The completed onshore cable will transport the power
generated by the two offshore wind farm sites, from the landfall point
at Ulrome to the new convertor stations (one per project) in the south
of Beverley. The cable route will connect to the existing National Grid
substation at Creyke Beck, Cottingham.
The works contract also includes vegetation clearance, preparing access
junctions and construction of a temporary access road to facilitate the
main works, and installation of pre- and post-construction land drainage.
The full works are expected to take approximately two years to complete.
Steve Wilson, Managing Director of Dogger Bank Wind Farms, said: “Getting
the first spade in the ground is a significant milestone on any project,
but for what will be the world’s largest offshore wind farm, this is a
major moment for a project that has already been over a decade in the making.
“Dogger Bank Wind Farms will play a critical role in the UK’s effort
to achieve net-zero through the use of low-carbon fuel sources and we’re
incredibly pleased to work with one of the UK’s leading civil engineering
contractors, Jones Bros, as we commence construction and start delivering
Garod Evans, Jones Bros' Contracts Director, said: “We have worked
with SSE Renewables on major schemes previously and we are delighted to
be developing our partnership through working with them and now Equinor
on the onshore works for Dogger Bank Wind Farms. “There will be up to
100 Jones Bros personnel, from management to apprentices and trainees,
on site at the height of the works. “This is a really significant project
to be involved with and it’s exciting for us to play a part in delivering
support to what will be the world’s biggest offshore wind farm.”
The Dogger Bank Wind Farms, a joint venture between SSE Renewables and
Equinor, is made up of three offshore wind farm sites in the North Sea.
This includes Doggerbank
Creyke Beck A,
Creyke Beck B.
The three projects combined represent a total of 3.6 GW of offshore wind
generation. Located more than 130 km off the east coast of UK in
the North Sea, the projects are expected to produce enough energy to power
the equivalent of 4.5 million UK homes. The project partners estimate that
the development will trigger a total capital investment of approximately
£9 billion between 2020 and 2026.
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