The firms behind the world’s biggest offshore wind farm Dogger Bank have outlined plans to create 200 new jobs at the Port of Tyne, while Scottish Power plans to use its wind farms as part of an energy cluster scheme that will support 600 jobs in Scotland. Equinor and SSE Renewables, the two companies behind the world’s biggest offshore wind farm Dogger Bank, have confirmed plans to build a new Operations and Maintenance (O&M) Base at the Port of Tyne. The operations base will enable Equinor workers to run the wind farm, creating more than 200 jobs in the region. Recruitment activity will begin in early 2022, with the first phase of the wind farm due to start producing renewable electricity the following year. Construction began on the Dogger Bank Wind Farm in January this year and the operations base will oversee the running of the windfarm for more than 25 years. Dogger Bank consists of three 1.2GW phases, located more than 130km from the North East coast of England.
Edie 13th May 2020 read more »
Equinor and SSE Renewables have selected the Port of Tyne in northeast England to house the Operations and Maintenance (O&M) base for the world’s largest offshore wind farm. The 50-50 partners announced the selection on Wednesday, saying the “multi-billion pound” facility will be the onshore base for Equinor’s team ensuring the operation of the Dogger Bank farm. The base strengthens Port of Tyne’s positioning to become a low-carbon industrial hub, while also creating jobs and supply chain opportunities to the Northeast of England. Dogger Bank, under construction in the northeast coast of England, will produce 1.2 gigawatts (GW) of renewable electricity in a three-stage development. Phase 1 is planned to start up in 2023. When fully operational, the £9 billion ($10.9 billion) project will supply 5% of the UK’s electricity needs, Kallanish Energy reports. SSE Renewables started construction of the farm in January. Equinor will lead construction of the new O&M base, as well as operate the farm for its 25-year lifetime.
Kallanish Energy 14th May 2020 read more »
A Teesside turbine facility says jobs are set to go as work at its riverside yard dries up. EEW Offshore Structures (Britain)’s current contract for the Hornsea 2 wind farm will finish by the autumn – with “no further work on the horizon” until at least 2021. The Haverton Hill yard has placed some of its 100 workers under consultation and says compulsory redundancies will be a “last resort”.
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NS Energy 13th May 2020 read more »
Britain’s biggest green energy companies are on track to deliver multibillion-pound windfarm investments across the north-east of England and Scotland to help power a cleaner economic recovery. Scottish Power plans to “repower” Scotland’s oldest commercial windfarm as part of a £150m scheme to develop a clean energy cluster in central Scotland capable of supplying 100,000 homes with green electricity. The windfarm cluster is expected to create 600 jobs at its peak, and 280 long-term jobs, to help the UK emerge from the worst economic downturn in 300 years while taking steps to meet its climate goals. Separately SSE and Equinor have revealed plans to use the Port of Tyne to host the operations base for the world’s largest offshore wind development, which will create 200 permanent jobs and support a local supply chain industry based on clean energy. The Hagshaw Hill project is part of the company’s plan to develop 1,000MW of onshore wind power and battery storage after the government’s u-turn on support for onshore wind, but could also play a role in resuscitating the UK economy following the coronavirus pandemic,
Guardian 13th May 2020 read more »