The Port of Tyne has been chosen as the operations and maintenance (O&M) base for the the world’s biggest offshore wind farm Dogger Bank.
The new multi-million pound O&M facility will be built to ensure the efficient operation of the 3.6GW wind farm.
The Dogger Bank offshore wind farm is 50:50 joint venture (JV) between Equinor and SSE Renewables.
The O&M facility will be the onshore base for the Dogger Bank team.
The project is expected to generate over 200 direct jobs in the region, apart from creating opportunities for companies at all levels of the supply chain.
Equinor will built the new O&M base to operate the wind farm for its expected life of more than 25 years.
SSE Renewables capital projects director Paul Cooley said: “The announcement today cements SSE Renewables’ and Equinor’s commitment to developing long term jobs and economic benefit in the UK and we are very pleased to welcome the Port of Tyne to the project.
“The Operations and Maintenance base will bring significant socio-economic benefits to the local area during construction and throughout the projects lifetime, as we have seen on our previous offshore wind projects including Beatrice.
“Dogger Bank will help drive the transition to a net zero future and we are continuing our work to construct the largest offshore wind farm in the world safely.”
Dogger Bank offshore wind farm to power over 4.5 million UK home
Led by the SSE’ Groups renewables arm, construction on the offshore wind farm started in January 2020.
The wind farm will be built in three phases, with 1.2GW capacity to be installed in each phase.
Upon beginning full operations, the wind farm will be able to provide enough renewable electricity for over 4.5 million UK homes.
The offshore wind farm will have a capacity to generate around 5% of the UK’s electricity needs.