GE’s big generators energy the ultimate section of a large offshore wind farm

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General Electric’s renewable energy division has been selected as the preferred turbine supplier for the third and final phase of an offshore wind farm that is said to be the largest in the world.

A 14 megawatt (MW) version of GE’s giant Haliade-X turbine is being used on a UK energy project called Dogger Bank C, according to an announcement by SSE Renewables on Friday. The first two phases, Dogger Bank A and B, are supposed to use a 13 MW version of the Haliade-X.

Dogger Bank C is a joint venture between Equinor and SSE Renewables. The turbine supply contract as well as the service and guarantee contracts are to be concluded in the first quarter of next year. The deals are subject to Dogger Bank C closing in late 2021. If everything goes according to plan, turbine installation for the third phase will begin in 2025.

With 107-meter-long blades and a height of 248 meters, the scale of the Haliade-X turbine is considerable.

In a statement, Halfdan Brustad, vice president of Dogger Bank at Equinor, said turbine innovations “have played a huge role in reducing the cost of offshore wind”.

“These world-leading turbines will help us deliver renewable electricity at the lowest possible cost to millions of people across the UK,” added Brustad.

The Dogger Bank wind farm is located in waters off the north-east coast of England and will have a total output of 3.6 gigawatts when completed.

Equinor and SSE have both named it the “largest offshore wind farm in the world” and can provide electricity to millions of households in the UK annually.

Earlier this month, both Equinor and SSE sold 10% of the shares in the first two phases of the project to Italian company Eni. Upon completion of this transaction, Equinor and SSE will each continue to hold 40% of Dogger Bank A & B.

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