Hitachi ABB Power Grids and its partner Aibel have been awarded a contract by Dogger Bank Wind Farm to provide the converter platform for the third phase of the Dogger Bank offshore windfarm, Dogger Bank C
The project will use Hitachi ABB Power Grids’ ‘HVDC Light’ technology, a compact and low-loss concept. Hitachi ABB Power Grids grid integration managing director Niklas Persson said, “HVDC technology contributes significantly towards a carbon-neutral energy future by enabling the integration of large-scale and remote renewable energy generation.”
In 2019, Dogger Bank Wind Farm awarded Hitachi ABB Power grids and Aibel a contract for two converter platforms for the first two phases of the project, Dogger Bank A and Dogger Bank B. Now they have also been awarded the EPC contract for the third phase of the same development. The contract is subject to financial close on Dogger Bank C, which is currently expected in Q4 2021.
The three phases of the Dogger Bank offshore windfarm will have a combined capacity of 3.6 GW, making Dogger Bank the largest offshore windfarm in the world.
Projects in the renewable energy market are becoming an increasingly part of Aibel’s project portfolio. Aibel president and chief executive Mads Andersen said, “With this award we have once again strengthened our role in the energy industry transition.”
Aibel executive vice president for field development and offshore wind Nils Arne Hatleskog said, “Together with our partner Hitachi ABB Power Grids, our engineers have developed integrated solutions and established an efficient supply chain for deliveries. We are proud that our concept won the contract in a very competitive environment.”
Dogger Bank Wind Farm project director Steve Wilson said, “Confirmation of our collaboration with Hitachi ABB Power Grids and Aibel on all three phases of Dogger Bank Wind Farm is another important milestone.
“Working together in an integrated way will enable us to achieve optimum efficiencies during construction.”
The platform topsides for the project are being fabricated in Thailand. The Dogger Bank A platform is due to arrive in Haugesund, Norway in H1 2022, where it will be outfitted with Hitachi ABB Power Grids’ HVDC converter technology. It will be ready for sail away to the Dogger Bank field in 2023, with completion later that year.
Delivery of the topside for Dogger Bank B is scheduled for 2024 and Dogger Bank C for 2025.
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