Construction begins on O&M base for UK offshore wind farm

WCN Editorial Team 23 Nov 2021 EUROPE BUILDINGS

Construction has commenced on the net zero carbon operations and maintenance (O&M) base for the 3.6GW Dogger Bank offshore wind farm at Port of Tyne in the UK.

The O&M base, which will cover an area of 3400m², will serve as the onshore hub for Dogger Bank Wind Farm, which is located more than 130km offshore.

SSE Renewables will lead the construction work of the Dogger Bank Wind Farm, which will be operated by Equinor from the new O&M base.

In a statement, Equinor said that the base will be built and operated according to the UK Green Building Council’s (UKGBC) Net Zero Carbon Buildings Framework. It will feature offices and a warehouse to store spare parts for the wind farm.

Additionally, solar photovoltaic (PV) panels will be installed at the O&M base to facilitate onsite renewable power generation.

The base is planned to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2022 before the wind firm commences operations.

Real estate advisor CBRE has been selected as the principal designer of the base, while Bowmer + Kirkland (B+K) will serve as the principal contractor for the facility.

Dogger Bank project director Steve Wilson said: “Today we’re celebrating the start of work to build this innovative zero-carbon base, but it’s also a great chance to take stock and celebrate what’s already been achieved since the overall construction of the wind farm commenced in early 2020.”

The wind farm, which is being developed in three phases, namely Dogger Bank A, B and C, will be fully commissioned in 2026. It will have capacity to provide around 5% of the UK’s electricity.

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The O&M Base is being built at the Port of Tyne. Credit: Equinor ASA.

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