A 50/50 joint venture between UK utility SSE and Norway’s Equinor announced the start of construction on 3.6GW Dogger Bank offshore wind power complex in the North Sea, UK.

Touted to be the world’s largest offshore wind farm, the $11bn project includes three offshore wind farm sites – 1.2GW Creyke Beck A, 1.2GW Creyke Beck B and 1.2GW Teesside A.

Upon completion, the project will have the capacity to generate clean electricity required to power over 4.5 million homes annually.

UK-based civil engineering contractor Jones Bros Civil Engineering started the onshore construction work on the wind farm near the coastal village of Ulrome, East Riding of Yorkshire, England.

The work forms part of a contract awarded earlier to Jones Bros Civil for the installation of the onshore cable infrastructure for the Creyke Beck A and Creyke Beck B sites.

The scope of the work will include the completion of bulk earthworks at the onshore HVDC convertor station locations in East Riding.

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Jones Bros Contracts director Garod Evans said: “We have worked with SSE Renewables on major schemes previously and we are delighted to be developing our partnership through working with them and now Equinor on the onshore works for Dogger Bank Wind Farms.

“There will be up to 100 Jones Bros personnel, from management to apprentices and trainees, on site at the height of the works.”

Jones Bros Contracts will also be responsible for vegetation clearance, preparing access junctions and construction of a temporary access road to facilitate the main works, and installation of pre- and post-construction land drainage.

SSE said that the project’s onshore infrastructure includes the installation of approximately 20 miles of electrical cables within ducts, which will be deployed within trenches via drilling under existing infrastructure and natural obstacles.

Dogger Bank Wind Farms managing director Steve Wilson said: “Getting the first spade in the ground is a significant milestone on any project, but for what will be the world’s largest offshore wind farm, this is a major moment for a project that has already been over a decade in the making.

“Dogger Bank Wind Farms will play a critical role in the UK’s effort to achieve net-zero through the use of low-carbon fuel sources and we’re incredibly pleased to work with one of the UK’s leading civil engineering contractors, Jones Bros, as we commence construction and start delivering Dogger Bank.”

The wind farm’s onshore construction work commenced near the coastal village of Ulrome, East Riding of Yorkshire, England. (Credit: SSE)