Haliade set for 3.6GW Dogger Bank sites

SSE and Equinor have selected GE Renewable Energy's 12MW Haliade-X wind turbine for the three 1.2GW offshore wind sites successful in the UK's support auctions last month.

GE's Haliade-X is yet to be installed at a commercial project

GE said the precise number of turbines to be installed at Creyke Beck A, Creyke Beck B and Teesside A is yet to be determined but at 12MW each, 300 turbines would be required to make up the 3.6GW of planned capacity.

The three projects secured support deals in the UK’s latest Contracts for Difference (CfD) procurement round with strike prices of £39.65-£41.61/MWh (€52.48-55.08/MWh).

They are located in the Dogger Bank zone of the North Sea, some 130km off the UK’s east coast. SSE and Equinor are working towards a final investment decision by the end of 2020.

"Our success in the CfD auction was due in large part to the relationships we have built with our supply chain, which enabled the lowest ever strike prices," said Dogger Bank project director, Bjørn Ivar Bergemo.

GE will likely produce the turbines from its St Nazaire factory in France, meaning SSE and Equinor will be looking for otherways to increase local content in the projects. 

"Dogger Bank Wind Farms has been working closely with GE Renewable Energy for the past year to support qualifying local suppliers. Together with GE, we are confident that there is a strong, local supply chain that can help us grow offshore wind in the UK in a competitive manner, and local UK ‘meet the buyer’ events will be announced in due course," SSE said in a statement.

Under the sector deal, the UK industry will target 60% local content in an offshore wind project from 2030. While there is no interim targets before that date, the industry will need to begin ramping up the supply chain in order to meet this demand.