Dogger Bank Wind Farm operators Equinor have announced that recruitment for 320 jobs in the North East of the UK is to begin in early 2021.
Set to be the world’s largest offshore wind farm once it comes online in 2026, Dogger Bank Wind Farm project, a joint development between SSE Renewables and Equinor, will be a 3.6GW facility expected to have a lifetime of over 25 years.
Equinor is to construct operations and maintenance (O&M) base in the Port of Tyne in May 2021, where 200 of the long-term jobs will be created, reports Renewable UK.
Now, with the news reported by Business Green on the ‘record-breaking’ deal between the developer and GE Renewable Energy to supply nearly 200 of the biggest offshore wind turbines ever manufactured, Equinor has stated that 120 of the jobs will be co-located with the Dogger Bank Operational and Maintenance team.
It will be the first time that GE’s huge 13MW Haliade-X turbines are installed at scale anywhere in the world. Each turbine can generate enough electricity to supply the average UK home for over two days.
US-based GE has also recently announced that they are to halt production of equipment for coal-fired power plants around the world.
The installation of the wind turbines, which will be carried out from the Able Seaton Port in Hartlepool, will create a further 120 jobs for the pre-assembly, installation and commissioning activities for Dogger Bank A and B.
Installation of the 248 metres tall turbines and the 107-metre-long blades is expected to start at the Dogger Bank A site in 2023, and recruitment for the associated job positions will commence early in 2021.
Steve Wilson, Project Director for Dogger Bank at SSE Renewables, said the order promised to bring "huge economic benefits to the North East of England, where 120 skilled jobs will be created during construction of the wind farm, along with 120 skilled jobs during the maintenance phase".
The available job roles will be advertised nearer the time by GE and by Dogger Bank, via the Dogger Bank website and on related social media channels, according to the developer.
Peter Stephenson, the Executive Chairman of ABLE UK said he was delighted that there will be 120 skilled jobs created at Able Seaton Port. He explained that the offshore wind sector is expected to grow four-fold by 2030 though the Sector Deal and the demanding targets for low-carbon power generation.
“Combine this with the sectors’ extraordinary efforts in terms of developing new products and significantly reducing costs, this industry is set to become a dominant factor in a post-COVID-19 UK economy,” he said.
The jobs to be advertised for the operation of the wind farms will include maintenance technician roles that will be predominantly based offshore, which means that it will be imperative to provide a variety of training, especially working at height, with the 248 metres tall turbines being 2.5 times the height of Big Ben.
It will be essential to train several members of both your construction and operational and maintenance teams to act as members of your emergency response team for mitigating risk, preventing and tackling incidents offshore. This may also include a need to undertake incident management training.
The main recruitment activity for O&M will begin in early 2022 and ramp up as the project nears operation, with the first phase due to begin producing electricity in 2023.
The Dogger Bank Wind Farm is estimated to trigger a total capital investment of around £9 billion between 2020 and 2026, also providing opportunities for companies at all levels of the supply chain.
The final investment decision on Dogger Bank A and Dogger Bank B will be made in late 2020, with the final investment decision for Dogger Bank C scheduled for 2021.
Energy and Clean Growth Minister Kwasi Kwarteng said he was thrilled to see green jobs being created in the North East, and that projects such as Dogger Bank are crucial to ‘building back greener’ after the coronavirus pandemic.
Adding to the UK’s burgeoning offshore wind energy sector was the news of an agreement between National Grid Ventures and Dutch transmission system operator TenneT to explore the potential of an interconnector linking the UK and Dutch wind farms.
These subsea cables could provide and extra 2GW of renewable electricity to both countries, in a deal that would the first of its kind for the North Sea countries.
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