Upon completion, offshore wind park Dogger Bank will be one of biggest wind farms worldwide (Illustration: Aibel)

Aibel to provide converter platform

Norwegian fabrication yard Aibel has been awarded an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract for an offshore wind platform. The contract is from Britain’s Dogger Bank Wind Farm to build the converter platform for the third phase of the development called Dogger Bank C. Dogger Bank Wind Farm project is headed from Aibel in Haugesund, while the platform’s topsides are under construction at Aibel's yard in Thailand. The Dogger Bank A platform is expected to arrive in Haugesund in the first half of 2022, where it will be outfitted with Hitachi ABB Power Grids’ latest generation HVDC converter technology, including final completion and commissioning. It will be ready for sail away to the Dogger Bank field in 2023, and final completion later that year. The delivery of Dogger Bank B is scheduled for 2024, while Dogger Bank C is scheduled for 2025.

In 2019, Dogger Bank Wind Farm had awarded Aibel the contract to construct two converter platforms for the first two phases of the project, Dogger Bank A and Dogger Bank B. Aibel has now also been awarded the EPC contract for the third phase of the same development. The contract is subject to approvement of financial investment for Dogger Bank C, which is currently forecast to be made in the fourth quarter of this year.

"Together with our partner Hitachi ABB Power Grids, our skilled engineers have developed integrated solutions and established an efficient supply chain for our deliveries. We are proud to see that our concept wins in a very competitive environment,” says Executive Vice President for Field development and Offshore wind in Aibel, Nils Arne Hatleskog.

The three phases of the Dogger Bank Wind Farm will have a combined capacity of 3.6 GW, making Dogger Bank one of the largest offshore wind farms in the world, expected to produce enough energy to power the equivalent of 6 million British homes.

Dogger Bank Wind Farm has been developed as a joint venture between SSE Renewables and Equinor (50:50), and ENI will take a 20% stake in phases A and B subject to regulatory and lender approvals of Eni’s agreement to enter the joint venture which are due during Q1 2021.

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