GE to supply 14-MW Haliade-X wind turbines to Dogger Bank Wind Farm
GE Haliade-X wind turbine. Photo Credit: GE Renewable Energy
GE Renewable Energy (Paris, France) announced on Dec. 18 that it has been confirmed as preferred wind turbine supplier for Dogger Bank C, the third phase of the U.K.’s 3.6-gigawatt (GW) Dogger Bank Wind Farm, which is set to be the world’s largest offshore wind farm upon expected completion in 2026. The agreement includes GE’s up-scaled Haliade-X 14-megawatt (MW) wind turbines and a service supply agreement to provide operations and maintenance support for five years.
The turbine supply agreement and service and warranty agreements for Dogger Bank C are expected to be finalized in Q1 2021, with turbine installation to begin in 2025.
The Dogger Bank Wind Farm (which is a 50:50 joint venture between SSE Renewables and Equinor) is located over 130 kilometers off the northeast coast of England, and is said to be capable of powering the equivalent of up to six million homes each year when complete in 2026. Due to its size and scale, the site is being built in three consecutive phases: Dogger Bank A, Dogger Bank B and Dogger Bank C. Each project is expected to generate around six Terawatt-hours (TWh) of electricity annually.
With this most recent agreement, GE has now been confirmed as the turbine supplier for all three phases of the Dogger Bank Wind Farm, including an order for 190 units of the 13-MW Haliade-X variant announced for phases A and B in September.
Further, GE Renewable Energy says it will continue its testing and research and development activities on the Haliade-X platform in the U.K. by partnering with ORE Catapult and other institutions to develop programs to increase safety and use of robotics, as well as digital and remote operations.
John Lavelle, president and CEO of offshore wind at GE Renewable Energy, says, “Dogger Bank C will use a 14-MW version of the Haliade-X, the most powerful offshore wind turbine in operation today. In doing so, this project will both continue to build on the U.K.’s leadership in offshore wind and serve as a showcase for innovative technology that is helping to provide more clean, renewable energy.”
Steve Wilson, Dogger Bank Wind Farm’s project director at SSE Renewables, says, “We’re delighted to be working with GE Renewable Energy on all three phases of our development, as the first wind farm in the world to install their innovative and record-breaking Haliade-X turbine technology. Together with GE, we are continuing to lead the way on innovation in the offshore wind industry and we’re proud that Dogger Bank will now use a 14-MW turbine at Dogger Bank C alongside the 13-MW turbine already confirmed for phases A and B.”
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