On 10 October, the first wind turbine at Dogger Bank started producing power. Dogger Bank is the world’s largest offshore wind farm, which is currently under construction, 130 km off the coast of the UK. Once it is fully complete, it will consist of 277 turbines, with a capacity of 3.6GW.
The power is sent to the UK’s national grid via a high-voltage direct current (HVDC) transmission system. This is the first time that HVDC technology has been used on a wind farm in the UK. The HVDC platforms were supplied by Norwegian service company Aibel. Other Norwegian contributions to this project include Commissioning Service Operation Vessels (CSOV) from Edda Wind, freight and installation of foundations by Seaway7, and service and installation vessels by VARD.
NorthWind Director John Olav Tande welcomed this development:
“A big congratulations to SSE Renewables, Equinor and Vårgrønn on starting production from Doggerbank. This is a true milestone for the development of offshore wind.”