Jan De Nul to install world’s largest offshore wind farm
Belgian dredging company Jan De Nul has signed a contract with Dogger Bank Wind Farm to transport and install all 244 wind turbines of the largest offshore wind farm in the world. It will be situated in the North Sea, 130 km off the Yorkshire coast. The works are planned to start in 2023 and completion of the entire wind farm is expected by 2026.
The 3,6 GW Dogger Bank Wind Farm will be the world’s largest offshore wind farm when complete and is a joint venture between SSE Renewables and Equinor. It will generate enough energy to power about six million UK homes every year – around 5% of the UK’s electricity needs.
SSE Renewables is leading the development and construction phases of Dogger Bank Wind Farm, and Equinor will lead operations for its lifetime of up to 35 years, creating around 200 jobs in the North East.
Steve Wilson, Dogger Bank Wind Farm’s Project Director at SSE Renewables: “We’re pleased to have signed the final contract with industry leader Jan De Nul Group to transport and install the turbines for Dogger Bank A and Dogger Bank B.”
“Jan De Nul has a proven track record of transporting and installing new-generation offshore wind turbines at scale and its state-of-the-art Voltaire vessel will be the largest and ultra-clean jack-up vessel ever seen in the industry when operational. This contract further demonstrates the industry-leading status of Dogger Bank Wind Farm and the innovative supply chain partners such as Jan De Nul that are delivering the project.”
Ultra-low emission vessel
This Voltaire vessel, currently under construction, will have a lifting capacity of over 3 000 tons. It will be operational by 2022. It’s the first ultra-low emission vessel of this kind and the Dogger Bank project will be its first assignment.
Halfdan Brustad, Vice President for Dogger Bank at Equinor: “Dogger Bank is a record-breaking project, leading the way in terms of technology and scale.[…] The Voltaire vessel is the first and largest ultra-low emission jack-up vessel, which is truly pioneering.”
Philippe Hutse, Director Offshore Division at Jan De Nul Group: “When making the decision to build this exciting vessel we had exactly the type of project in mind like Dogger Bank Wind Farm in terms of scale and characteristics of the offshore sites and the turbines. We are proud to contribute to the worldwide transition to renewable energies by installing the offshore wind turbines at Dogger Bank A and Dogger Bank B in the most efficient and clean manner possible.”
The Dogger Bank project will be the first in the UK to use a high voltage direct current transmission system due to the long distance to grid connection points.