The Jan De Nul Group has signed its final contract with mangers of the Dogger Bank Wind Farm to transport and install its GE Haliade-X offshore wind turbines.

The Dogger Bank A and Dogger Bank B developments, located 130km off the Yorkshire coast, will use the turbines from 2023.

This delivery and installation contract marks the the first task for Jan De Nul’s Voltaire, which it says is the world’s largest offshore jack-up installation vessel. Currently under construction, the Voltaire vessel will enter service in 2022 with a lifting capacity of more than 3,000 tonnes.

The 3.6GW Dogger Bank Wind Farm fully form over three 1.2GW phases. A joint venture between SSE Renewables and Equinor, Dogger Bank will be one of the largest offshore wind farms upon completion.

Jan De Nul Group offshore division director Philippe Hutse said: “We are delighted to have signed the first contract for our new generation jack-up vessel Voltaire and to work together with industry leaders SSE Renewables and Equinor.

“When taking the decision to build this exciting vessel we had exactly the type of project like Dogger Bank Wind Farm in mind, in terms of scale and characteristics of the offshore sites and the turbines.”

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When complete, the wind farm will generate enough energy to power more than 4.5 million homes annually, accounting for 5% of the electricity needs of the UK.

Dogger Bank obtained 3.6GW of offshore wind contracts as part of the UK Government’s 2019 contracts for difference auctions. It involves the Dogger Bank A, Dogger Bank B and Dogger Bank C projects.

A final investment decision on Dogger Bank A and B is anticipated by the end of this year.

SSE Renewables is responsible for the development and construction phases of Dogger Bank, while Equinor will lead operations for its lifetime of at least 25 years. This is expected to create approximately 200 jobs in the north-east of England.