UK renewable energy giant SSE, lead partner of the United Nations Climate Change Conference COP26, has called on those who want to see ambitious climate action agreed at COP26 to show their support by putting their name on the world’s largest wind farm offshore world Dogger Bank – with UK Prime Minister and COP26 President Alok Sharma among the first to sign up.
SSE, in partnership with Equinor and Eni, is building the giant Dogger Bank offshore wind farm located 130 km off the Yorkshire coast.
The 3.6 GW offshore wind project will consist of three phases – each at 1.2 GW, and cover an area of 1,675 km2, larger than Greater London, and will be the largest offshore wind farm in the world, once operational.
“The switch to clean energy is vital if the world is to heed the recent IPCC ‘Code Red for Humanity’ and, as the world’s largest source of offshore energy, the Dogger Bank offshore wind farm is a symbol of necessary change. globally, ”SSE said Wednesday.
“SSE, along with its joint venture partners Equinor and Eni, offers world leaders and the general public a unique opportunity to be a part of history with their names on the giant Dogger Bank turbines as a poignant symbol of the need for a more urgent action and as a legacy of COP26, ”the company said.
“The giant wind farm demonstrates how clear government policy and private sector investment can drive the transition from carbon-intensive to clean energy. A single turn of a Dogger Bank turbine, three times the size of the London Eye, will be enough to power a Briton at home for two days.
“With just 25 days to go before COP26, the UK public is encouraged to support the need for ambitious global climate action to limit warming to 1.5 degrees.
“The Prime Minister and the President of COP26 signed today to have their names added to the wind farm and will encourage world leaders to join them at COP26,” the UK-based power company said.
President-designate of COP26 Alok sharma said: “The impacts of climate change are visible around the world and COP26 is the last best hope for the world to come together and take action to protect the future of our planet.
“Dogger Bank was developed by a UK company with international partners, manufactured in Teesside and employing thousands of UK workers, with its 3.6 GW of wind power to power six million homes. Adding your name to this symbolic project ahead of COP26 is a great way to show your support and leave a legacy. “
Alistair Phillips Davies, Chief Executive Officer of SSE, said: “Tackling the climate emergency requires everyone to play their part, from global leaders and governments to corporations, communities and individuals. What we are building at Dogger Bank is representative of what can be done when government, business and the public come together to change power.
“We want to send a clear signal ahead of COP26 that the writing is on the wall for climate change – literally in that sense – and by lending Dogger Bank its name, anyone who cares about climate action can make their voice heard. his voice and create a lasting legacy.
“When we look back into the decades to come, we mean that’s when the tide turned, with the public demand for an ambitious COP26 deal helping to avert the worst of global warming. “
SSE said climate leaders around the world will be invited to add their names and support greater climate action by signing the turbine at COP26 itself in Glasgow.
The wind farm is currently under construction in the North East of England and the first electricity production is scheduled for summer 2023.
SSE Renewables is leading the development and construction phases of the Dogger Bank wind farm and Equinor will lead operations for its life of up to 35 years.
GE has a contract to manufacture the giant Haliade-X blades for the Teesside project and is building a new factory to carry out the project.
For the first two phases of the Dogger Bank project, GE will deliver 190 Haliade-X 13 MW offshore wind turbines, divided equally into 95 turbines for each of the two phases. It will be an upgraded version of GE’s 12 MW prototype unit that has been producing electricity in Rotterdam since November 2019.
The installation of these turbines will be the first time that a 13 MW Haliade-X has been installed in the world
“One turn of the Haliade-X 13MW can generate enough electricity to power a UK household for more than two days,” Equinor said in September 2020.
For Dogger Bank Phase C, GE was also selected as the preferred supplier. This phase, although expected at 1.2 GW, like the first two, will have fewer wind turbines installed. Namely, GE will deliver an “improved” version of the Haliade-X turbine type, with a capacity of 14 MW.
Interestingly, just a few days ago, GE announced that its Haliade-X prototype in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, had started operating at 14 MW, with GE becoming the first player in the industry to operate a gas turbine. that power.