DEME Offshore has secured a contract for the inter-array cable of the UK’s Dogger Bank A and B Wind Farms.

The engineering, procurement, construction, and installation (EPCI) contract covers the 650km inter-array cable for the world’s biggest offshore wind farm development. In total, the wind farm will have a nameplate capacity of 3.6GW, enough to power more than 4.5 million homes every year.

DEME Offshore general manager Bart De Poorter said: “We are very proud to have been awarded this exceptional project, which represents the largest ever inter-array cable contract in the world to date.

“The renowned cable-laying capabilities and stellar reputation of ‘Living Stone’ were key factors in securing this important contract.”

Dogger Bank Wind Farm lies over 130km off the north-east coast of England. Joint venture partners SSE Renewables and Equinor have developed the site across three phases, each with 1.2GW capacity.

As per the terms of the EPCI contract, DEME will supply, install and protect 650km of 66KV inter-array cables and all related accessories.

DEME announced that the production of the cables will begin next year. It will use its DP3 cable installation vessel ‘Living Stone’ to lay them.

The contract is subject to joint venture partners SSE Renewables and Equinor reaching financial close on Dogger Bank A and Dogger Bank B, which is expected to take place later this year.

In June this year, DEME Offshore announced the start of turbine installation at the 487MW SeaMade offshore wind farm.