GE to Supply British Wind Project
Paris-based division of General Electric, GE Renewable Energy, has been recently selected as the preferred supplier in providing turbines for Britain’s Dogger Bank offshore wind project, according to a GE press release.
Reported to be the world’s most powerful turbine, GE’s Haliade-X turbine performs with a capacity of 12 megawatts and is planned to be used at three Dogger Bank wind projects in the North Sea. In total, the wind farm will compromise of three 1.2 gigawatts, creating a combined capacity of 3.6 GW, making it the largest wind farm in the world.
“We are very excited to announce this agreement as it gives us the opportunity to bring the world’s most powerful offshore wind turbine to the world’s largest offshore wind market,” said John Lavelle, President and CEO, Offshore Wind, GE Renewable Energy.
“We have an important role to play in the U.K.’s offshore wind ambitions and in delivering further carbon emission reductions. Our Haliade-X technology is helping our customers to make offshore wind a more competitive source of clean and renewable energy by reducing the levelized cost of energy.”
The same turbine is also expected to be used by Danish wind energy firm Ørsted in two future projects off the coast of Maryland, with operation expected by 2022. Currently, the most powerful turbine being used in commercial operation is Danish wind turbine manufacturer, Vestas’ 9.5 MW turbine.
The Dogger Bank projects however, are being developed in a joint venture by energy companies SSE Renewables (Perth, United Kingdom) and Equinor (Stavanger, Norway). Both entities won project contracts under Britain’s latest renewable subsidy auction, reported to be a record low for offshore wind by Reuters. SSE plans to lead the development and construction phases, while Equinor will lead operations once building is complete.
“Dogger Bank will now be home to the largest offshore wind turbines in the world and this pioneering low carbon technology, which will play a central role in helping the UK become carbon neutral by 2050,” Paul Cooley, Director of Capital Projects at SSE Renewables, said in a statement.
According to a spokesperson, turbines for Dogger Bank will be built in GE’s factories located in Saint Nazaire and Cherbourg, France. In addition to becoming carbon neutral by 2050, Britain hopes to achieve a third of its electricity from the wind technology by 2030 and is already reported to host the world’s largest offshore wind market.
If confirmed as the official turbine supplier when Dogger Bank projects reaches a financial investment decision by the end of 2020, onshore construction will commence in early 2020 with first energy generation expected by 2023. Between 2020-26, the projects are expected to create 9 billion pounds ($11.1 billion) in capital investments.