Offshore wind farm. Image: Riekelt Hakvoort Shutterstock

Construction work for the huge offshore wind farm in the North Sea is already underway.

Electricity company SSE has announced that onshore work for the 3.6 GW Dogger Bank wind farm project has started near Ulrome, a coastal town in the East Riding of Yorkshire, England.

Dogger Bank wind farms – which SSE has dubbed “the largest offshore wind farm in the world– will include three 1.2 GW offshore sites: Creyke Beck A, Creyke Beck B and Teesside A. The project is the result of a joint venture between SSE Renewables and the large Norwegian energy company Equinor.

Construction works are carried out by Jones Bros Civil Engineering United Kingdom, a company based in North Wales.

The project is designed to use GE’s Haliade-X wind turbine, which has a 12 megawatt generator and is 260 meters high. According to SSE, the project will have the capacity to produce enough renewable energy for more than 4.5 million households per year.

Getting the first excavator on the ground is a big step in any project, but for what will be the world’s largest offshore wind farm, it is a milestone for a project that has been going on for more than a decade.

Steve Wilson, Managing Director of Dogger Bank Wind Farms.

The UK is a major player in the offshore wind industry. He has several very interesting projects, like the 659 megawatts of Walney Extension, in the Irish Sea, which officially opened in 2018.

The scope of this project is considerable: it is capable of supplying wind power to more than 590,000 homesIt has 87 turbines and covers an area of ‚Äč‚Äčaround 20,000 football pitches, according to Danish energy company Orsted.

Europe as a whole is home to a significant offshore wind energy sector. According to the industry body WindEurope, 409 wind turbines were connected to the grid in 2018. The average capacity of offshore turbines in 2018 was 6.8 MW, an increase of 15% compared to 2017.