Hitachi ABB Power Grids scores another Dogger Bank contract

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Hitachi ABB Power Grids has announced that it has won another major order from Dogger Bank Wind Farm to connect the third transmission link from the world’s largest offshore wind farm over 130 km to the UK mainland.

The Dogger Bank wind farms are 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.

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

The projects 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.

Hitachi ABB Power Grids' new award extends the ongoing delivery of Dogger Bank A and B to include C1. This contract is subject to financial close of the third phase of Dogger Bank Wind Farm, which is currently forecast for late 2021.

Hitachi ABB Power Grids will provide its HVDC Light technology which it claims is the most compact design and the lowest energy losses in the power industry. According to an independent life cycle assessment, the implementation of the technology will reduce the lifetime CO2 impact by almost two-thirds, compared to previously commissioned installations.

“Together, with customers and partners, we are playing a key role in accelerating the energy transition,”
said Niklas Persson, Managing Director of Hitachi ABB Power Grids’ Grid Integration business.

“HVDC technology contributes significantly towards a carbon-neutral energy future by enabling the integration of large-scale and remote renewable energy generation,”
he added. “Being selected once again underlines our customers’ trust in our world-leading expertise and delivery capabilities.”

“Confirmation of our collaboration with Hitachi ABB Power Grids on all three phases of Dogger Bank Wind Farm is another important milestone for our world-leading development,”
said Steve Wilson, Project Director at Dogger Bank Wind Farm. “Working together in an integrated way will enable us to achieve optimum efficiency during the design, procurement and construction work, while the use of market-leading HVDC technology will ensure efficient and reliable transmission of renewable energy for six million UK households once all of the wind farm phases become operational.”

“This is an important milestone for Dogger Bank Wind Farm,”
said Halfdan Brustad, Vice President for Dogger Bank at Equinor. “Using HVDC technology is a competitive solution for offshore wind at a long distance from shore, and this will be the first offshore HVDC solution in the UK, opening up new markets and opportunities. The appointment of Hitachi ABB Power Grids demonstrates cross industry collaboration, bringing best expertise into a successful Dogger Bank delivery.”

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