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UK wind farm to receive 190 13-MW wind turbines from GE Renewable Energy

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GE Renewable Energy announced today that it has finalized turbine supply contracts with SSE Renewables and Equinor for the 3.6-GW Dogger Bank Wind Farm in northeast England.

The Dogger Bank Wind Farm is located over 130 km off the northeast coast and will be capable of powering up to 4.5 million homes each year when complete in 2026, according to GE Renewable Energy. Due to its size and scale, the site is being built in three phases: A, B and C. Each phase of the Dogger Bank Wind Farm is expected to generate around 6 TWh of electricity annually.

This contract is for the first two phases of what will become the world’s largest offshore wind farm, according to GE. These first two phases (Dogger Bank A and B) will each feature 95 Haliade-X 13-MW wind turbines.

The Haliade-X 13 MW is an enhanced version of the 12-MW unit, which has been operating in Rotterdam, Netherlands, since November 2019. The upgraded Haliade-X features 107-meter-long blades and a 220-meter rotor. The turbine is 260 meters high and has a capacity of 12 MW.

In addition, a five-year service and warranty agreement will provide operational support for the wind turbines. GE’s Service team will be co-located with the Dogger Bank Operational and Maintenance team, based out of the Port of Tyne.

GE Renewable Energy also confirmed that it will establish its marshalling construction team activities at Able Seaton Port in Hartlepool. This port will serve as the hub for all equipment marshalling, installation and commissioning activities, resulting in an estimated additional 120 jobs during the construction period.

The contracts with Dogger Bank Wind Farm are subject to a Notice to Proceed from project joint venture partners SSE Renewables and Equinor. Financial close on Dogger Bank A and Dogger Bank B is expected in late 2020.

The Haliade-X platform is undergoing a rigorous series of tests at the UK’s Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult testing facility in Blyth, at Boston’s Wind Technology Testing Center in the U.S., and at the prototype site in Rotterdam. This prototype unit, which set a world record in January 2020 by being the first wind turbine to produce 288 MWh in one day, will start operating at 13 MW in the coming months. 

“Signing the contract with GE Renewable Energy is not just great news for Dogger Bank and GE, but for the wider offshore wind industry, marking the first time a 13 MW turbine will be installed in the world,” said Steve Wilson, Dogger Bank’s Project Director at SSE Renewables. “In addition to this, today’s announcement will bring huge economic benefits to the North East of England, where 120 skilled jobs will be created during construction of the windfarm, along with 120 skilled jobs during the maintenance phase.”