Dogger Bank Wind Farm and Jan De Nul Group have signed a contract to install the GE Haliade-X turbines for the Dogger Bank A and Dogger Bank B offshore windfarms, starting in 2023.
Jan De Nul was first selected to undertake the project in October 2019.
Turbine delivery and installation for the first two phases of the projects will see Jan De Nul Group assign its newbuild installation vessel Voltaire to the project.
The 3.6-GW Dogger Bank project will be delivered in three 1.2-GW phases, and is set to be the world’s largest offshore windfarm when complete.
The projects are being developed by a joint venture between SSE Renewables and Equinor.
Dogger Bank A and Dogger Bank B are moving toward a final investment decision, which is expected by the end of 2020.
SSE Renewables is leading the development and construction phases and Equinor will lead on operations.
Voltaire is currently under construction and will have a lifting capacity of in excess of 3,000 tonnes. The vessel is due to enter service in 2022.
A steel cutting ceremony for Voltaire took place at Cosco Shipping Shipyard (Nantong) Co Ltd in China in May 2020.
Voltaire is designed to transport, lift and install offshore wind turbines, transition pieces and foundations.
The dynamic positioning class DP2 vessel will be capable of transporting loads of up to 14,000 tonnes and will have accommodation for 110 people.
An environmentally friendly vessel, it will also have exhaust gas filtering technology that complies with EURO STAGE V guidelines for emissions. The dual exhaust filter system is complemented by using a selective catalytic reduction to remove NOx.