Last week Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) and Equinor announced that the Port of Tyne will become the new Operations and Maintenance (O&M) base for the world’s largest offshore wind farm. The project, named Dogger Bank Wind Farm, is set to generate around 5% of the UKs electricity needs when completed.
The joint venture, split 50:50 between the two companies, began Construction in January of 2020 and was led by SSE renewables. Equinor are the operators for the operational phase of the project and will construct the new multi million pound O&M base to operate the wind farm for its expected 25-year plus life span.
Dogger Bank comprises of three 1.2GW phases, located more than 130KM of the North East of England. Once fully commissioned it will be able to provide enough renewable electricity for over 4.5 million homes.
The multi-million-pound O&M facility will include both office space and a warehouse. This will operate as the onshore base for Dogger Bank ensuring the efficient operation of the wind farm. This flag ship project will directly secure around 200 jobs in the area, as well as boosting the local supply chain.
Dogger bank will create roles both on and offshore supporting the development and operation of the wind farm. The main recruitment is expected to begin early 2022 and increase as the project nears with the first electricity production expected in 2023.
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by Elise Reid