Renewable energy developer SSE has announced it has put the “first spade in the ground” at its North Sea Dogger Bank project – which will be the world’s largest upon completion.
Dogger Bank Wind Farms, a joint venture between SSE Renewables and Norwegian energy giant Equinor, is made up of three offshore wind farm sites that will be able to power 4.5 million homes.
The development will sit 124 miles off the coast of Yorkshire with work beginning today at the coastal village of Ulrome, East Riding.
Jones Bros Civil Engineering has been awarded the contract to install the onshore cable infrastructure for the Creyke Beck A and Creyke Beck B sites.
Steve Wilson, managing director of Dogger Bank Wind Farms, said: “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.
“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 and we’re incredibly pleased to work with one of the UK’s leading civil engineering contractors, Jones Bros, as we commence construction and start delivering Dogger Bank.”
The wind farm, which successfully won a Contracts for Difference (CfD) for all sites in 2019, will utilise the world’s most powerful turbine, GE Renewables Energy’s Haliade-X.
The full works are expected to take approximately two years to complete.
Halfdan Brustad, vice president for Dogger Bank in Equinor, said: “Commencing this onshore work is an important and exciting milestone for the successful delivery of Dogger Bank.”