British consumers began receiving electricity from what will be the world’s biggest wind-farm, Dogger Bank, in early October (image below courtesy Dogger Bank Wind Farm).
The start of deliveries from the 1.2-GW Dogger Bank A marks a major milestone in the development of the industry and the transition to a cleaner, more secure energy system, said the Norwegian operator Equinor in an October 10 statement. The final size will be three times bigger.
It is also the first time that a high-voltage direct current transmission system has been used in this context in the UK. The farm uses GE Vernova’s giant Haliade-X 13-MW turbines, again for the first time offshore.
Equinor will maintain and operate Dogger Bank over its expected 35-year lifetime. Operations and maintenance will be carried out from the recently opened base at the Port of Tyne which will host around 400 jobs.