First Dogger Bank onshore cables arrive ready for 129km of cabling installation

First Dogger Bank onshore cables arrive ready for 129km of cabling installation

Jones Bros Civil Engineering UK has received delivery of the first cables for the onshore works at the Dogger Bank offshore wind farm to be located off the east coast of England.

The contractor said approximately 129km of cabling will be installed for the first two 1.2GW phases of the wind farm at a site near Hull.

Deliveries will take place every fortnight, with 82 cable drums to be transported to the site over the course of the scheme.

Each drum weighs 41 tonnes, with the combined weight (3362 tonnes) heavier than Wimbledon’s Centre Court roof (3000 tonnes).

Bristol-based high voltage electrical engineering specialists Powersystems will support the Jones Bros during the installation of the cables.

Jones Bros project manager James Lockwood said: “The arrival of the cable drums marks a significant point in our works on the grid connection and land-based infrastructure.

“The site team have done a fantastic job over the past four months to allow for deliveries of the cables to start on time and on programme.

“The 80 miles of cabling will be used along a 20 mile route to help connect the offshore wind farm to the national grid, and we remain committed to minimising disruption in the local area as we carry out this work.”

Dogger Bank onshore project manager Oliver Flattery said: “The Jones Bros team has worked hard since the start of 2020 to safely and efficiently prepare the ground in East Riding, in readiness for more than 3000 tonnes of cables to be installed from July onwards.

“We thank local residents and businesses for their patience over the last 18 months, and continue to focus on operating safely and with minimal disruption as we progress our work with the installation of the cables that will transmit renewable energy to millions of UK homes.”

Dogger Bank is currently being developed in three 1.2GW phases, known as Dogger Bank A, B and C.

Dogger Bank A and B are owned by SSE Renewables (40%), Equinor (40%) and Eni%), while Dogger Bank C is a 50:50 joint venture between SSE Renewables and Equinor.

Powersystems will support Jones Bros for the installation of onshore cables for Dogger Bank Wind Farm

Powersystems will support Jones Bros for the installation of onshore cables for Dogger Bank Wind Farm

Delivery of onshore cables for Dogger Bank Wind Farm has started, according to Jones Bros Civil Engineering UK, the company responsible for installing the cables for the first two phases of the offshore wind project.

The first drum with the cables has already arrived and Jones Bros are set to commence installation this month.

In total, there will be around 130 kilometres of cabling installed for Dogger Bank A & B, with cable deliveries set to take place every fortnight. Over the course of the construction phase of the project, 82 cable drums will be transported to the site.

Each drum weighs 41 tonnes, with the combined weight (3,362 tonnes) heavier than Wimbledon’s Centre Court roof (3,000 tonnes), the civil engineering company said.

Bristol-based high voltage electrical engineering specialists Powersystems will support Jones Bros during the installation of the cables.

“The arrival of the cable drums marks a significant point in our works on the grid connection and land-based infrastructure”, said Jones Bros project manager James Lockwood“The 80 miles of cabling will be used along a 20 mile route to help connect the offshore wind farm to the national grid, and we remain committed to minimising disruption in the local area as we carry out this work”.

According to earlier information, NKT, which recently signed a contract for the delivery of Dogger Bank C offshore and onshore export cables, is also the supplier of the export cables for Dogger Bank A and B.

Dogger Bank Wind Farm, to be built more than 130 kilometres off the Yorkshire coast in the North Sea, is being developed in three 1.2 GW phases: Dogger Bank A, B and C.

Dogger Bank A and B is a joint venture between SSE Renewables (40 per cent), Equinor (40 per cent) and Eni (20 per cent), while Dogger Bank C is a 50:50 joint venture between SSE Renewables and Equinor.

The first two phases are scheduled to be operational by 2024, while the third phase, Dogger Bank C, is being developed on a different timescale with the operation date set for 2026.

Construction work on the first two phases is underway, with the third phase now also joining in after official ground-breaking in Teesside.

Contracts for Difference (CfD): Allocation Round 4

Contracts for Difference (CfD): Allocation Round 4

The next Contracts for Difference (CfD) auction will begin in December, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has confirmed.

By confirming that the round won’t take place until December, BEIS hopes to “provide further clarity to prospective participants” it said.

The announcement was made alongside the release of the government’s response to the changes to Supply Chain Plans and the CfD contract, which it launched in November 2020. This confirmed the decision to bring forward the assessment of a developer’s delivery of its supply chain commitments to shortly after a project’s Milestone Delivery Date.

Additionally, it confirmed that new powers in legislation will be given to the Secretary of State to assess a Supply Chain Implementation Statement, and either pass or refuse it. It also confirmed the introduction of a new Operational Condition Precedent, which has the potential for a CfD contract to be terminated if the Statement isn’t provided by a Low Carbon Contracts Company.

These latest supply chain proposals set out “challenging new demands for project developers” said RenewableUK’s deputy chief executive Melanie Onn, adding that it’s “vital” that guidance is clear on how the contribution towards job creation, skills development and fostering innovation in the supply chain is demonstrated.

“Project developers are already working with manufacturers to help them understand our projects’ needs and timelines, which will support investment in new facilities and the development of new skills in our workforce.

“Underpinning all this, we need large volumes of new capacity in the next CfD auction for new contracts to generate clean power to keep us on track for our 2030 target, quadrupling what we’ve already installed”.

It’s hoped the CfD round will double renewable energy capacity compared with the last round, expanding technologies including offshore wind, onshore wind, solar, tidal and floating offshore wind. The response from BEIS additionally confirmed that phasing will not be extended to floating offshore wind.

Round four will be particularly significant as established ‘Pot One’ technologies including solar PV and onshore wind will be able to bid in, with BEIS targeting support for 12 GW of new renewable capacity. In November, the government confirmed that the negative pricing rule for projects would be extended, however it is consulting further on potential amendments for energy storage and system flexibility.

ABB to deliver power converters for UK’s Dogger Bank wind farm

ABB to deliver power converters for UK’s Dogger Bank wind farm

In ABB’s largest order to date for medium voltage wind turbine converters, 95 units will be delivered to GE Renewable Energy and installed at the UK’s Dogger Bank Wind Farm.

The 95 PCS6000 medium voltage converters will be installed in GE’s Haliade-X 13MW wind turbines, which will produce 1.2GW of power in the first phase of the Dogger Bank project.

ABB’s converters will play the vital role of taking the power produced by GE’s wind turbines and converting it to the right voltage and frequency for the wind farm grid. The converters are rated to handle the high-power output, with one rotation of each 220-meter diameter rotor generating enough electricity to last a UK household two days.

“The selection of the right converter is critical to achieving the performance and reliability that yields the maximum return on investment. And medium-voltage converters are the optimum choice for today’s high-power wind turbines,” said Chris Poynter, division president for System Drives, ABB Motion.

ABB in Turgi, Switzerland is leading project engineering while the PCS6000 converters will be manufactured by ABB in Łódź, Poland. First delivery is scheduled for summer 2021 with completion in late 2022.

The Dogger Bank Wind Farm is being developed in three phases as a 50:50 joint venture between SSE Renewables and Equinor. It is located more than 130km from the North East coast of England and will have a total power output of 3.6GW, capable of powering six million homes.

ABB’s collaboration with GE began in 2017 and the companies have worked closely to optimize the PCS6000 converter for the Haliade-X platform. This included successful test operations on a turbine installed at the Port of Rotterdam, Netherlands.

Powersystems awarded the electrical works for Hendy Wind Farm

Powersystems awarded the electrical works for Hendy Wind Farm

Powersystems are delighted to have been awarded the electrical works contract for the 16.1 MW Hendy Onshore Wind Farm. The wind farm will be located on a site of 150 hectares near the village of Penybont, situated south west of Llandegley, Llandrindod Wells, Wales.

The 66 kV project works at Hendy Wind Farm will see the high voltage electrical engineers Powersystems; design, supply, install, commission and set to work all the electrical works between the point of connection to the Distribution Network Operator (DNO) network. The Point of Common Connection (POCC) for Hendy Wind  Farm 66/33kV substation will be situated within the WPD 66kV substation.

Powersystems will design, procure and install the 66kV and 33kV equipment for the electrical works project, this is expected to be a 40-week construction programme from start to finish.

The wind farm will comprise of 6no. Enercon E82 wind turbines plus 1no. Vestas V80 wind turbine; these with a Total Installed Capacity (TIC) of 16.1 MW. One turbine (the Vestas V80) is already installed and this will be connected into the overall wind farm system.

Powys Council granted planning consent for the Hendy Wind Farm for the turbines at 2.5 MW with a maximum hub height of 69m and maximum tip height of 110m, associated works, infrastructure, compound and buildings.

Hendy Wind Farm could generate enough energy to meet the demands for around 9,800* homes every year.

It is expected that Hendy Wind Farm will bring economic benefits to the area using materials sourced materials locally and using local companies during construction. Between £4.5m and £6.75m could be spent with local businesses during the construction period.

Wind energy isn’t just good for the environment, the construction of Hendy Wind Farm will deliver meaningful benefits for the local economy and community. A community fund will be set up based on £5,000 per MW per annum, which will deliver over £2m of investment in the local area throughout the lifetime of the wind farm.

As part of building the UK carbon free future, Powersystems proudly support the design, installation, and commissioning of climate restoration technologies with connectivity in all renewable sectors.
Powersystems are powering the UK to a green recovery, with 5 GW of installed green energy as they play their part helping to decarbonise the National Grid.

Working with partners, delivering sustainable power solutions, proudly the Powersystems high voltage specialist team have connected 27% of all U.K. onshore wind farms.

* This is based on Renewable UK and the following calculation Operational MW x 8760 (number of hours in a year) x 0.2782 (the capacity factor for both on & offshore wind) / 4192 (UK average domestic household consumption in kWh) and it should be noted that this is an estimate and not based on site specific data.

Powersystems awarded high voltage electrical works contract for 16 MW Howpark Wind Farm

Powersystems awarded high voltage electrical works contract for 16 MW Howpark Wind Farm

Powersystyems are delighted to have been awarded the high voltage electrical works contract for 16 MW Howpark Wind Farm, a subsidy free project. The wind farm will be located approx. 2.8km north-east of Grantshouse, Scottish Borders.

The project works at Howpark Wind Farm will see the High Voltage Electrical Engineers Powersystems; design, supply, install, commission and set to work all the electrical works between the point of connection to the Distribution Network Operator (DNO) network and the connections in the base of each wind turbine. As well as design, supply and install the communication system for the wind farm.

As well as being appointed to construct the electrical works on the windfarm site Powersystems have also been appointed to construct the 13km 33 kV contestable grid connection to DNO, Scottish Power Energy Networks plc (SPEN). The connection is intended to be via an underground line from the site substation back to Eyemouth substation.

The Scottish Borders Council granted planning consent for the Howpark Wind Farm with eight Vestas V80 wind turbines, 2 MW at a maximum hub height of 60m and maximum tip height of 100m, associated works, infrastructure, compounds, buildings and meteorological mast.

Howpark Wind Farm is the first of a portfolio of projects that Locogen are developing and building in Scotland supporting mutual client Eurowind Energy (EWE).

EWE is a Danish company, founded in 2006, and which over the years has evolved into being a leading developer and operator of wind and solar projects. EWE own approximately 600 MW of wind and solar projects out of a total management portfolio of approximately 1,300 MW. This portfolio produces approximately 1,400 GWh per year, equivalent to 350,000 households’ annual electricity consumption.

EWE has a project footprint covering 12 European countries and has branches in Denmark (HQ), Germany, Poland, Romania, Portugal, Sweden and UK.

As part of building the UK carbon free future, Powersystems proudly support the design, installation, and commissioning of climate restoration technologies with connectivity in all renewable sectors.
Powersystems are powering the UK to a green recovery, with 5 GW of installed green energy as they play their part helping to decarbonise the National Grid.

Working with partners, delivering sustainable power solutions, proudly the Powersystems high voltage specialist team have connected 27% of all U.K. onshore wind farms.

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