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World's largest offshore wind farm. Credit: GE Renewable Energy
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World’s Largest Offshore Wind Farm To Power 4.5 Million UK Homes

GE Renewable Energy turbines will power the world’s largest offshore wind farm. The most powerful wind turbine, the Haliade-X will power the facility. They will announce the combined number of total turbines they will install at Dogger Bank in due course.

GE Haliade-X Wind Turbine Specifications - Photo: GE Renewable Energy
GE Haliade-X Wind Turbine Specifications – Photo: GE Renewable Energy

The World’s Largest Wind Turbine

Equinor will join forces with SSE Renewables in this 50/50 joint venture initiative. The Dogger Bank Wind Farm initiative comprises three 1.2GW projects. It is on the North Sea just 130km from Yorkshire in the United Kingdom. The projects were a recent success in the latest Contracts for Difference (CfDs) Allocation Round, the UK Governments auction for renewable power.

SSE Renewables will lead the development and construction phase, and Equinor will lead operations upon completion in the meantime.

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In a recent article, Paul Cooley, the Director of Capital Projects at SSE Renewables said:

The joint Equinor and SSE Renewables project team on Dogger Bank is excited to work with GE Renewable Energy. We introduce the next generation of offshore wind turbines to the UK. We want to be the first European wind farm to install and operate these innovative turbines. Dogger Bank will now be home to the largest offshore wind turbines in the world and to this pioneering low carbon technology. It will play a central role in helping the UK become carbon neutral by 2050.

GE Haliade-X Wind Turbine Specifications - Photo: GE Renewable Energy
GE Haliade-X Wind Turbine Specifications – Photo: GE Renewable Energy

The Dogger Bank projects will have a combined capacity of up to 3.6GW. The capital investment of approximately £9 billion (US$11.1 billion). The development of low carbon infrastructure will slingshot the project in motion between 2020 and 2026.

The combined 3.6GW is enough to power 4.5 million UK homes, equivilant to about 5% of the UK’s estimated electricity generation.

As the project progresses to make financial investment decisions by the end of 2020. GE Renewable Energy will wait to receive more details and confirmation about their role as turbine suppliers.

The onshore construction is on the table for early 2020 and first energy generation by 2023. The onshore works are preparing to run events for the local residents and their potential supply networks in the interim.

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