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November 23, 2021

Dogger Bank starts construction works on O&M base in the UK

The base will be built according to the UK Green Building Council’s net-zero carbon buildings framework.

By Umesh Ellichipuram

Dogger Bank Wind Farm has started construction works on its operations and maintenance (O&M) base at Port of Tyne in England, UK.

SSE Renewables will lead the construction works of the 3.6GW Dogger Bank Wind Farm while Equinor will operate it from the new net-zero carbon base.

Equinor, which is managing the base construction works, has appointed real estate advisor CBRE as the principal designer while Bowmer + Kirkland (B+K) will serve as the facility’s principal contractor.

The new base will be built and operated according to the UK Green Building Council’s (UKGBC) Net Zero Carbon Buildings Framework. It will be constructed using low carbon materials to meet the energy efficiency classifications.

Covering an area of 3400m², the O&M base will serve as the onshore hub for Dogger Bank Wind Farm, which is located more than 130km offshore.

The base is slated for completion in the fourth quarter of next year, ahead of wind farm operations that are expected to begin in 2023.

The O&M base will also have offices and a warehouse to store spare parts for the wind farm.

It will also feature solar photovoltaic (PV) panels to facilitate onsite renewable power generation and electric vehicle (EV) charging points.

Dogger Bank project director Steve Wilson said: “Today we’re celebrating the start of work to build this innovative zero-carbon base, but it’s also a great chance to take stock and celebrate what’s already been achieved since the overall construction of the wind farm commenced in early 2020.”

The wind farm is being developed in three phases, namely Dogger Bank A, B and C.

Once fully operational in 2026, it is claimed to become the world’s largest offshore wind facility, with the capacity to meet 5% of UK electricity requirements.

In July, SSE commenced onshore construction works for the Dogger Bank C and Sofia offshore wind farms.

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