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Dogger Bank celebrates O&M base opening

4C Offshore | Kaitlin Walsh
By: Kaitlin Walsh 16/03/2023 Dogger Bank Wind Farm

Earlier this week, Minister of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, Graham Stuart MP, joined 150 guests and employees to celebrate the official opening of the O&M base for Dogger Bank wind farm, the world's largest offshore wind farm. The 3.6 GW wind farm is comprised of three phases: Dogger Bank A, Dogger Bank B and Dogger Bank C, with each phase being built at 1.2 GW capacity.

The state-of-the-art base in South Tyneside will be the hub for operations, and also houses the control room that will monitor and manage 5% of the UK's electricity generating capacity which is produced by the offshore wind farm.

Over 400 long-term jobs have been created in the local community to support O&M from South Tyneside for the 35-year life of Dogger Bank. Additionally, the world-class facility, designed by Newcastle-based Ryder Architecture, has been constructed and will be operated in line with the UK Green Building Council's (UKGBC) Net Zero Carbon Buildings Framework. Bowmer + Kirkland built the base with a focus on local construction, with over £7.5 million spend with construction companies in Northeast England.

Dogger Bank wind farm is a joint venture between Equinor (40%), SSE Renewables (40%) and Vårgrønn (20%). Equinor will be lead operator of the wind farm on completion for its expected operational life of around 35 years. Meanwhile, SSE Renewables is lead operator for the development and construction of Dogger Bank.

Graham Stuart, Minister of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, said: “The UK already boasts the four largest offshore wind farms in the world and I am delighted that Dogger Bank will overtake all of them in three years’ time. Having already delivered on green jobs and growth, Dogger Bank will be at the heart of boosting energy security for Britain and meeting the Energy Security Secretary’s ambition to have among the cheapest wholesale electricity prices in Europe.”

Oliver Cass, Dogger Bank Director at SSE Renewables, said: “Today is an important day for everyone involved in our ground-breaking project as we move closer to delivering first power in the summer. Building a wind farm on this scale requires huge talent and dedication. I’d like to pay tribute to everyone who’s played their part in our journey so far, including the thousands of skilled UK employees who are truly world-class.”

Pål Eitrheim, EVP Renewables at Equinor, said: “We’re proud to be delivering Dogger Bank Wind Farm with our partners SSE Renewables and Vårgrønn. We look forward to operating this major power generation asset for the next 35 years from the state-of-the art O&M base at the Port of Tyne. At Equinor, we always aim to bring economic value to the local community hosting our offshore wind project. This base is a shining example of the long-term, positive contribution that offshore wind will continue to bring to the North East of England.”

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