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.