Energy firm SSE announced on Friday that construction for the 3.6 GW Dogger Bank Wind Farms project had begun. The huge offshore wind farm is located near Ulrome, a coastal village in the East Riding of Yorkshire, England.
“Getting the first spade in the ground is a significant milestone on any project, but for what will be the world’s largest offshore wind farm, this is a major moment for a project that has already been over a decade in the making,” said in a statement, Steve Wilson, managing director of Dogger Bank Wind Farms.
SSE further revealed that the farm consists of three 1.2 GW offshore sites: Creyke Beck A, Creyke Beck B, and Teesside A. The project is said to have the capacity to power more than 4.5 million homes per year.
It uses GE's Haliade-X wind turbine. The turbine has a 12-megawatt generator and is 260 meters tall.
The project will help the UK's eco-friendly plans. "Dogger Bank Wind Farms will play a critical role in the UK’s effort to achieve net-zero through the use of low-carbon fuel sources," added Wilson.
SSE is working with Jones Bros Civil Engineering UK, a firm headquartered in North Wales, for the construction of the farms. “There will be up to 100 Jones Bros personnel, from management to apprentices and trainees, on-site at the height of the works," said Garod Evans, Jones Bros contracts director.
“This is a really significant project to be involved with, and it’s exciting for us to play a part in delivering support to what will be the world’s biggest offshore wind farm.”
The UK and Europe, in general, are big on offshore wind. According to a report by industry body WindEurope, in 2018, Europe connected 409 new offshore wind turbines to the grid across 18 projects and now has a total installed offshore wind capacity of 18,499 MW.