GE Renewable Energy has signed a deal to provide turbines for the world’s largest offshore wind farm, beating European suppliers Siemens Gamesa and Vestas.
Dogger Bank Wind Farms is to build an artificial island in the middle of the North Sea, 130km from the UK coast, to provide power from three 1.2GW projects. The joint venture between Equinor and SSE Renewables will provide power for over 4.5 million homes, generating around 5% of the UK’s estimated electricity generation.
GE Renewable Energy is the preferred supplier with its Haliade-X turbine, built on columns in 20 to 35m of water. The number of turbines will be confirmed at a later date, depending on the survery and power output of the turbines, currently at 12 MW from a 220m rotor. The transmission system will be High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) due to long distance to grid connection point.
“The joint Equinor and SSE Renewables project team on Dogger Bank is excited to work with GE Renewable Energy to introduce the next generation of offshore wind turbine to the UK, and to be the first European wind farm to install and operate these innovative turbines. Dogger Bank will now be home to the largest offshore wind turbines in the world and to this pioneering low carbon technology, which will play a central role in helping the UK become carbon neutral by 2050,” said Paul Cooley, Director of Capital Projects at SSE Renewable.
The wind farm projects are expected to trigger approximately £9bn of capital investment between 2020 and 2026, but this has allowed the farm to be built without government subsidies.
“We are very excited to announce this agreement as it gives us the opportunity to bring the world’s most powerful offshore wind turbine to the world’s largest offshore wind market. We have an important role to play in the UK’s offshore wind ambitions and in delivering further carbon emission reductions,” said John Lavelle, President and CEO, Offshore Wind, GE Renewable Energy.
“Our Haliade-X technology is helping our customers to make offshore wind a more competitive source of clean and renewable energy by reducing the levelized cost of energy (LCOE),” he added.
If the scheme raises the necessary fuding, construction is expected to commence in early 2020, and first energy generation is expected in 2023.
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