Work on installing the first 260m turbine at the Dogger Bank Wind Farm is expected to begin this weekend.
The large-scale project in the North Sea – occupying an area almost as large as Greater London – will see 277 turbines installed around 80 miles off the Yorkshire coast, using a specialist vessel with a lifting capacity of 3,200 tonnes.
The start of the campaign to install GE Renewable Energy’s 13MW Haliade-X turbines is a pivotal moment for the landmark project, which is being developed and built by the UK developer SSE Renewables in a joint venture with Norway’s Equinor and Vårgrønn (a joint venture by Eni Plenitude and Hitec Vision).
When fully complete it will have an installed capacity of 3.6GW of renewable electricity – more than two and a half times the size of the next largest offshore wind farm – and be capable of producing enough clean energy to power the equivalent of six million homes annually.
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