Manor Renewable Energy to bring temporary power to Dogger Bank

4C Offshore | James Bernthal-Hooker
By: 27/07/2022 MRE
Manor Renewable Energy (MRE) is to provide a complete temporary power solution for the Dogger Bank Wind Farm project during its construction period.

The 3.6 GW wind farm is set to be the largest in the world, once completed in 2026. It is being built  by  SSE Renewables (40%), Equinor (40%) and Eni Plentitude (20%) in three phases: Dogger Bank A, Dogger Bank B, and Dogger Bank C. The project, which is located 130-190 km off England’s north-east coast, will feature 277 turbines from GE (the Haliade-X 13 MW and 15 MW models).

In each phase’s construction, MRE will use its generator recycling strategy, which aims to streamline the number of sets required offshore, at the same time refuelling and maintaining all walk to work vessels. This is, according to MRE, its largest challenge yet.

MRE’s input will begin in early 2023, according to Toby Mead, its COO. “From our interactions it’s clear from the outset that the project team are driven to deliver this project with as much local content as possible and that’s a real plus for this landmark UK project. Bringing new people into the offshore industry has always been an important part of our company recruitment process, and this project will allow for a large number of new hires to enter the wind industry and gain experience during the construction of the largest offshore wind farm in the world; and that’s an exciting prospect.”

The company plans to hire local employees and contractors for its operational base, recruiting from the surrounding areas, whilst engaging local training facilities in its search for both employees and training requirements.

There wind farm development represents a great many jobs, including 470 expected from GE Renewable Energy across the north east of England, 30 from Equinor acting as operator, and 170 new full-time UK-based jobs from North Star Renewables.

“We’re delighted to be able to award Manor its largest contract of this kind, that will in turn provide employment opportunities in a variety of roles based largely around the north and north-east of England”, said Alan Borland, Dogger Bank Wind Farm Senior Project Manager.

Consent for the project was granted back in 2015, and each of the three phases secured a 15-year CfD contract in the UK’s third Allocation Round, in 2019. Onshore construction commenced in 2020, and Dogger Bank A entered offshore construction earlier this year. Work recently started on foundation installation.

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