The world’s largest offshore wind farm will use the world’s largest offshore wind turbines when it starts operating in UK waters.
SSE Renewables and Equinor are developing the 3.6 gigawatt Dogger Bank project in UK waters, which will be built in three phases of 1.2 gigawatts. Dogger Bank will provide 5% of UK electricity when completed in 2026.
The first two phases will use a 13 MW version of GE Renewable Energy’s Haliade-X platform.
News of the massive 2.4 GW offshore wind turbine order came the same day GE confirmed it would no longer supply equipment to the new coal-fired power plants.
Last year, SSE and Equinor named GE as Dogger Bank’s preferred technology partner, shortly after GE introduced the Haliade-X platform. The order covers a total of 190 turbines, divided into 95 by phase. A single turn of the Haliade-X’s 220-meter rotor provides enough electricity to power a typical British home for more than two days, according to GE.
While Siemens Gamesa has a 14 MW turbine in operation, Dogger Bank’s 13 MW machines will be the largest to be put into service as part of a large-scale commercial project. GE has a 12 MW prototype in Rotterdam which has been producing electricity since the end of 2019. This machine will soon be increased – or “improved” – to 13 MW, which will give it the same blade and rotor dimensions as the proposed turbine. from Dogger Bank.
The Haliade-X platform gives GE a way to challenge the dominance of Siemens Gamesa and MHI Vestas in the offshore wind market.