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General Electric to power final phase of the world’s biggest offshore wind farm


SSE Renewables has chosen the renewable energy division of General Electric (GE) to supply its offshore wind farm’s third and final phase. This project aims to be the largest of its kind in the world.

General Electric (GE): Haliade-X turbine

SSE Renewables announced Friday General Electric (GE) would power the final phase of its offshore wind farm project, the Dogger Bank Wind Farm, located on the northeast coast of England. Through the Haliade-X turbine, which has 107-meter long blades and is 248 meters tall, GE will supply its power to SSE.

According to the announcement, a 14 megawatt (MW) version of GE’s Haliade-X turbine will be used at the British energy project. The first two phases, Dogger Bank A and B, are using a 13 MW version of the Haliade-X.

Dogger Bank C is a joint venture between Equinor and SSE Renewables. The turbine supply agreement is set to be finalized in the first quarter of 2021 with General Electric. In this regard, the contract also includes GE’s service and warranty of the turbines.

The deals are subject to Dogger Bank C reaching financial close at the end of the next year. Turbine installation for the third phase is expected to start in 2025 with the GE turbine.

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In a statement, Halfdan Brustad, Dogger Bank Vice president at Equinor, said turbine innovation had “played a huge role in bringing down the cost of offshore wind.”

“These world-leading turbines will help us deliver renewable electricity at the lowest cost possible for millions of people across the U.K.,” Brustad added.

Waters of the northeast coast of England will host the Dogger Bank Wind Farm, having a total capacity of 3.6 gigawatts when completed. SSE and Equinor have both described it as the “world’s biggest offshore wind farm.”

According to the company, the farm will have the ability to power millions of homes in the U.K. annually.

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