26 nov 2020

Royal HaskoningDHV is delighted to see Dogger Bank A & B Wind Farm reach financial close. This provides the final confirmation that the two phases will continue into full construction, delivering what will eventually become world’s largest offshore wind farm and generating clean, renewable energy.

“Royal HaskoningDHV has been working on the Dogger Bank since 2010, initially as the lead EIA and consent consultants for the successful Development Consent Order applications,” Adam Pharaoh, Royal HaskoningDHV Project Director, said. More recently the company has continued this support for Dogger Bank Wind Farm in the post consent phase providing compliance and general environmental support as the wind farm has prepared for construction. This has included consent amendments to allow for the project design to be optimised and therefore efficiencies to be realised on the project including installation of the world’s largest turbines in operation.

Jonathan Wilson, Consents Manager for Dogger Bank Wind Farm said “Royal HaskoningDHV has been providing consenting and environmental support to Dogger Bank Wind Farm since 2017.They have been instrumental in ensuring the necessary consent amendments have been achieved and progress made on the discharge of DCO and dML requirements to allow us to get us to this point on the project. We look forward to their continued support as we move into the offshore construction phase of the world’s largest offshore wind farm.”

Dogger Bank Wind Farm, a joint venture between SSE Renewables and Equinor, consists of three phases of development, Dogger Bank A, B and C. The total output for Dogger Bank Wind Farm when all three 1,200MW phases are complete in 2026 will be 18TWh (6TWh each phase) or 5% of UK demand. This is enough for 6 million typical UK homes.

Offshore construction is due to begin in 2022, and Royal HaskoningDHV will continue to provide environmental and consenting support to allow the discharge of marine licence conditions.

Helen Craven, Project Manager at Royal HaskoningDHV said “It’s fantastic to see these two Projects reach financial close, after being involved in their development for over 10 years. They will make a vital contribution to achieving the UK’s targets for carbon emissions.”

About Dogger Bank Wind Farm:

  • Dogger Bank Wind Farm will be the world’s largest offshore wind farm once complete.
  • It is a 50:50 joint venture between Equinor and SSE Renewables.
  • SSE Renewables is lead operator for the development and construction of Dogger Bank Wind Farm. Equinor will be lead operator of the wind farm for the duration of the wind farm’s operational phase
  • Financial Close on Dogger Bank A and Dogger Bank B was reached in November 2020. Financial Close for Dogger Bank C is expected in late 2021.
  • Consent was granted in 2015.
  • Located in the North Sea, with each phase more than 130km from the Yorkshire Coast.
  • Onshore construction began in 2020, and offshore construction will begin with turbine installation for Dogger Bank A in 2023
  • The first phase, Dogger Bank A, is expected to be operational in 2023. The overall wind farm is expected to be completed in 2026.
  • A total of 320 skilled jobs for the North East of England associated with the development and operation of Dogger Bank Wind Farm have been announced so far.
  • This includes 120 skilled jobs at marshalling harbour Able Seaton Port in Hartlepool during construction, and 200 skilled jobs to be based offshore and at the Port of Tyne for Operations and Maintenance of the wind farm once operational.
  • Dogger Bank A and B has confirmed GE’s 13MW Haliade-X as the turbine powering the first two phases of the project. As the first order for the 13MW Haliade-X, installation at Dogger Bank A will be the first time the turbine is installed in the world.
  • One rotation of the Haliade-X 13MW blades can power one UK home for more than two days.
  • The wind turbines will be installed on monopile foundations.The project will be the first High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) connected wind farm in the UK due to its distance from shore.