Roermond, The Netherlands/Hoboken, Belgium – 12 November 2021. Sif Netherlands B.V., in a consortium with Smulders Projects Belgium N.V., has signed the contract for the manufacture of all 87 monopiles and transition pieces (approx. 130 kton steel) for the third phase of Dogger Bank Wind Farm located in the North Sea off the North East coast of England.
Following the award in November 2020 of contracts for Dogger Bank A and B, Dogger Bank Wind Farm has now signed with the Sif-Smulders consortium the contract for the fabrication and supply of all foundations for the Dogger Bank C phase of the project. The foundation fabrication and supply are subject to financial close on Dogger Bank C which is foreseen late 2021.
Dogger Bank Wind Farm is being developed in three phases – Dogger Bank A, Dogger Bank B and Dogger Bank C – located more than 130km from the Yorkshire coast. Collectively they will become the world’s largest offshore wind farm when complete.
Dogger Bank A and B is a joint venture between SSE Renewables (40%), Equinor (40%) and Eni (20%). In November 2021 SSE Renewables and Equinor, 50:50 joint venture partners in Dogger Bank C, announced Eni will take a 20% stake in the final phase, with SSE Renewables and Equinor maintaining 40% stakes each, in a deal that is expected to complete in Q1 2022 (subject to Dogger Bank C Financial Close and regulatory approvals).
Dogger Bank C, like A and B, will have an installed generation capacity of 1.2GW. Combined, they will have an installed capacity of 3.6GW and will be capable of powering 6 million UK homes. Dogger Bank C is expected to require 87 foundations. Water depths at Dogger Bank vary up to 31 metres. Each foundation comprises a monopile and a transition piece.
In the project-specific Sif-Smulders consortium, Sif is responsible for fabrication and supply of monopiles and primary steel for the transition pieces, and for the marshalling of all foundation components at its Maasvlakte 2 Rotterdam terminal (picture below). Smulders will manufacture secondary steel and assemble, coat and test fully equipped transition pieces.