STAVANGER, Norway – Equinor and SSE Renewables have committed to a new operations and maintenance base at the Port of Tyne, northeast England, to service the new Dogger Bank offshore wind farm.
Once completed, this should generate around 5% of the UK’s electricity needs, Equinor claimed.
Construction of the wind farm, led by SSE Renewables, started in January. Equinor, as operator for the operations phase, will construct the new base and operate the wind farm over its anticipated life of more than 25 years.
Dogger Bank comprises three 1.2-GW phases, each located more than 130 km (81 mi) from the English northeast coast.
The new facility will be the onshore base for Equinor’s teams, also including a warehouse. The investment should generate more than 200 direct jobs in the region, and opportunities for companies throughout the supply chain, the company added.
Total predicted capex for Dogger Bank is around £9 billion ($11.07 billion) between 2020 and 2026.
Jobs required to operate an offshore wind farm include maintenance technicians, mainly based offshore, and office-based teams to support the operations from the shore.
The first phase should start producing electricity in 2023.