Contract will transport and install 87 GE Haliade-X 14MW machines at the 1.2GW development [Image: Jan De Nul]
Jan De Nul Group has finalised a contract with Dogger Bank Wind Farm for the transport and installation of 87 GE Haliade-X 14MW turbines at the 1200MW Dogger Bank C offshore wind project off the east coast of England.
Next generation jack-up Voltaire will cary out the work, marking its debut on the project, Jan De Nul said.
The contract is subject to Dogger Bank C reaching financial close in late 2021.
Jan De Nul also has similar deals for the 1.2GW each Dogger Bank A and B projects, which will feature 190 13MW machines.
A and B are a joint venture between Equinor (40%), SSE Renewables (40%) and Eni (20%).
Dogger Bank C, is being developed on a different timescale and is owned by SSE Renewables (50%) and Equinor (50%).
SSE Renewables is leading the development and construction phases of Dogger Bank and Equinor will lead on operations.
Jan De Nul Group offshore director Philippe Hutse said: “Dogger Bank Wind Farm is exactly the type of project we had in mind when we took the decision to build our Voltaire.
“The scale and characteristics of the offshore Dogger Bank and turbines offer the perfect challenge for this Next Gen Offshore Jack-Up Installation Vessel.
“We are proud to be recognised in our choices and look forward to working together with industry leaders SSE Renewables and Equinor on the Dogger Bank C phase of this world-leading project.
“We are excited to take part in the worldwide transition to renewable energies by installing the offshore wind turbines at Dogger Bank A, B and C in the most efficient and clean manner possible.”
Dogger Bank Wind Farm poject director at SSE Renewables Steve Wilson said: “Jan De Nul Group has a great track record for the transportation and installation of turbines on scale, and offshore wind farms don’t come any bigger than ours.
“With a lifting capacity of more than 3000 tonnes, the ultra-clean Voltaire vessel is set to become the world’s largest jack-up vessel when it enters service in 2022.
“Securing this state-of-the-art vessel for all three phases of Dogger Bank Wind Farm is another reminder of how we’re working with our suppliers to drive innovation in offshore wind.”
Equinor vice president for Dogger Bank Halfdan Brustad said: “We are extremely pleased to have secured the Voltaire for the third phase of Dogger Bank, as it will follow the turbine installations for phases A and B.
“By the time Dogger Bank Wind Farm is complete, this low emissions vessel will have installed 277 of the world’s most powerful turbines at the world’s biggest offshore wind farm; quite a feat for the Voltaire’s first assignment.
“This continued contract with Jan De Nul demonstrates world class innovation delivering at scale, both important factors in ensuring we build Dogger Bank as efficiently and sustainably as possible.”