Dogger Bank transformers on the move

Dogger Bank transformers on the move

Photo source: Dogger Bank Wind Farm

Project cargo delivery operations for the Dogger Bank wind farm project in the North Sea are gathering momentum. In a matter of days several milestones have been reached with the delivery of first transition pieces completed, followed by the first transformers. 

The first of a number of transformers that will enable the transmission of renewable energy from the Dogger Bank project, the world’s largest offshore wind farm. The transformers will play an integral role in the operation of three onshore convertor stations in East Riding of Yorkshire and on Teesside, that will eventually convert the current from the wind farm for transmission via the national grid network to 6 million UK homes.

Dogger Bank transformers on the move
Photo source: SSE Renewables

Heavy lift and transportation specialist, Allelys has transported the first 168-ton transformer from Port of Hull to the first convertor station off the A1079 near Beverley in East Riding, where construction of a second convertor station is also underway by tier one supplier Hitachi Energy. Three further deliveries are scheduled in East Riding on the mornings of 15, 22 and 29 May, with deliveries for the second East Riding convertor station taking place in 2023.

Dogger Bank Wind Farm transmission package manager Børge Angelfloss, said, “Successful delivery of the first transformer is an important milestone for our world-leading project.”

Hitachi Energy is due to start work on the third convertor station on Teesside later this year. The company is responsible for providing its high-voltage direct current (HVDC) Light systems for all three phases of the wind farm, including the projects three high-tech onshore convertor stations.

Dogger Bank wind farm

The £3.6 billion ($4.5 billion) Dogger Bank Wind Farm is being built in three phases known as A, B and C. The project is a joint venture between SSE Renewables (40 percent), Equinor (40 percent) and Eni Plenitude (20 percent).

It will be the first HVDC connected wind farm in the UK, paving the way for other UK wind farms and suppliers to build on our experience transmitting renewable energy safely and efficiently across long distances while minimising potential losses.

Last month the Dogger Bank Wind Farm team officially marked the start of its offshore construction work with the installation of the first length of HVDC export cable off the Yorkshire coast.

Tier one supplier NKT is leading the work to install the Dogger Bank A nearshore cable, that will connect the first phase of the wind farm more than 130km off the coast to a landfall point at Ulrome, in East Riding of Yorkshire.

Author: Adnan Bajic

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