Infrastructure development has begun near the coastal village of Ulrome, England for what will be the world's largest offshore wind farm.
The project by Dogger Bank Wind Farms will consist of three offshore sites located about 80 miles (130km) from England's northeastern coast, called Creyke Beck A, Creyke Beck B, and Teesside A. Each of the sites will use GE's Haliade-X wind turbines, which are over 850 feet (260 meters) tall and have a 12-megawatt generator. Individual sites will have a capacity of up to 1.2 GW of power generation.
Of course, the United Kingdom is no stranger in the offshore wind sector, even before this project got underway. For example, in 2018 the Walney Extension facility was completed in the Irish Sea, which generates 659 megawatts of power. In fact, the U.K. made headlines late last year when it hit a milestone of providing more electricity from renewable sources than from fossil fuels for the first time.
For the Dogger Bank project, the two-year onshore civil engineering job officially began last week. The preliminary work will involve preparing the coastal land allotted for high voltage direct current converter stations, preparing access for junctions, and the installation of pre- and post-construction land drainage.
In a statement, managing director, Steve Wilson said, "Getting the first spade in the ground is a significant milestone on any project, but for what will be the world’s largest offshore wind farm, this is a major moment for a project that has already been over a decade in the making,”
This monumental development will also be central to Britain's goal to supply one-third of all U.K. power from offshore wind by 2030.