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Doggerbank C

The world's largest offshore wind farm is equipped with ventilation ducts from Nordic Steel. We have already delivered for the first two development phases, Doggerbank A and B. Now it is clear that we will also deliver to the last development phase, Doggerbank C.

- The trust we get from Aibel, for the third time at Doggerbank, shows that Nordic Steel delivers quality and implements at the right time, again and again. We will thus produce new 120 tonnes of ventilation ducts for the converter platforms at Doggerbank, says Thor Erik Hebnes, head of the HVAC department at Nordic Steel.

Ventilation ducts for Doggerbank B. The same type shall be produced for Doggerbank C.

The world's largest offshore wind farm

The Doggerbank offshore wind farm is being developed in three phases, Doggerbank A, B and C, and is located more than 130 kilometers from the Yorkshire coast in the United Kingdom. When the development is completed, it will be the world's largest offshore wind farm.

Doggerbank A, B and C are a joint venture between SSE Renewables (40%), Equinor (40%) and Vårgrønn (20%).

Department manager Thor Erik Hebnes and employee Sindre Trones with channels to Doggerbank B

Renewable energy gives results

Three out of three contracts at Doggerbank show that Nordic Steel's investment in renewable energy projects is yielding results.

- Our experience and expertise in renewable energy is emphasized by operators and customers, and confirms that the quality we deliver on, among other things, ventilation ducts is exactly what is needed for the converter platforms. The group is well equipped for this type of job and has an apparatus that handles everything from project management to drawing, production and logistics. We simply like projects of this size, Hebnes explains.

Norwegian production

Nordic Steel's contract is with Aibel, which is building the converter platforms for Doggerbank. The three contracts, for Doggerbank A, B and C, constitute a total production of as much as 360,000 kilos of ventilation ducts.

- It means a lot to us that Aibel chooses Nordic Steel, and thus supports Norwegian production and secures solid, local jobs. With this latest contract, we have work until 2022, says Hebnes.

All production in Nordic Steel takes place at Bryne. The ducts are packed at Bryne and sent to Thailand for installation. Delivery to Doggerbank A and B is complete. Start-up of production for Doggerbank C started in the first quarter of 2022.

Unique expertise in future-oriented companies

Nordic Steel is Norway's leading manufacturer of ventilation ducts and equipment for all industries. Canals of the Simduct type, which is Nordic Steel's own brand, and canals in class A, B and E are supplied to the world's largest offshore wind farm.

Norway's leading steel center manufactures steel for all industries. Land-based farming, offshore wind, energy and power supply are some of the future-oriented industries that Nordic Steel delivers to.

- We are chosen because we deliver top quality and are a reliable partner with documented delivery ability and execution ability. More and more people are also choosing us as their supplier because we make sustainable choices in our own operations, deliver environmental declarations and offer green steel. We do what we can in the areas we can influence, and it is therefore natural for us that we participate in the most future-oriented projects, such as Doggerbank, says Børre Lobekk, CEO of Nordic Steel.

Facts about the offshore wind farm Doggerbank

  • Doggerbank offshore wind farm, totaling 3.6 gigawatts, will be the world's largest offshore wind farm when completed in 2026
  • The development takes place in three phases, at 1.2 gigawatts each, Doggerbank A, B and C
  • Doggerbank A and B is a joint venture between SSE Renewables (40%), Equinor (40%) and Vårgrønn (20%)
  • Dogger Bank could power 6 million UK homes once the wind farm is completed
  • SSE Renewables is the operator for the development and construction of the Doggerbank offshore wind farm. Equinor will be the operator in the operational phase
  • Project financing for Doggerbank A and B was completed in November 2020. Project financing for Doggerbank C was completed in December 2021
  • Doggerbank offshore wind farm received a license in 2015
  • Each of the three phases of the Doggerbank offshore wind farm secured 15-year-olds CfD contracts (differential contracts) for 1.2 gigawatts of low-carbon power for low-carbon power production. This happened in the UK's third award round for this type of contract, in September 2019
  • Another big step was taken in May 2021 when Doggerbank offshore wind farm reached a milestone for delivery under the UK's CfD scheme for low carbon power
  • Doggerbank offshore wind farm is located in the North Sea, where each phase is located more than 130 kilometers from the Yorkshire coast
  • Doggerbank A and B began construction on land in 2020 and construction is still ongoing. Start-up construction of Doggerbank A offshore is expected in the second quarter of 2022. Power generation is expected in the summer of 2023 for Doggerbank A and in the summer of 2024 for Doggerbank B. Commercial operations are expected six months after power generation.
  • Installation of wind turbines on Doggerbank C will start in 2025
  • Doggerbank offshore wind farm will provide 3,000 jobs in the UK, during the construction and operation phase
  • It includes 750 direct jobs and 1,500 indirect jobs in connection with the start-up of a world-class blade production plant, Teeside by LM Wind Power. It is a GE Renewable Energy company that will start production in 2023
  • 470 jobs are expected in GE Renewable Energy in the north-east of England, in connection with the delivery and operation of all three phases of Doggerbank. This will be around 300 positions for installation of wind turbines and operation. 170 jobs are in service jobs in Port of Tyne. The jobs come in connection with GE's five-year service and guarantee agreement for the operation of Doggerbank A, B and C
  • At least 30 jobs will be created in Equinor in connection with the company becoming the operator of the offshore wind farm. The jobs will be in Port of Tyne or offshore
  • 130 full-time jobs at North Star Renewables in the UK come in crew and land-based roles for operating the service fleet for Doggerbank offshore wind farm
  • Up to 100 jobs in the construction industry will be created by Jones Bros. Civil Engineering, one of the UK's leading contractors, for the installation of land cable infrastructure for Doggerbank A and B
  • The wind turbines that will drive the first two phases, Doggerbank A and B, are GE's Haliade-X 13 megawatts. This is the first order for Haliade-X 13 megawatts and it will be installed for the first time in the world on Doggerbank A
  • An upgraded version, GE's Haliade-X 14 megawatt wind turbines, will be installed on Doggerbank C. This will be the first time in the world that 14 megawatts of turbines are installed
  • A rotation of the Haliade-X wind turbine can provide power to a household in the UK for more than two days
  • The wind turbines are installed on monopole bottom-fixed foundations
  • Doggerbank becomes the first wind farm in the UK to be connected to high voltage direct current (HVDC), and which due to the distance to land introduces new transmission systems to the UK and paves the way for other large offshore wind farms
  • For more information about Doggerbank: www.doggerbank.com

Sources: Aibel, SSE Renewables, Equinor, Doggerbank.com

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