Saipem completes first installation campaign for world's largest offshore wind farm

World Oil Staff May 05, 2023

(WO) – Saipem has achieved a new milestone in offshore wind with the completion of its first installation campaign for the Dogger Bank Wind Farm development.

Located over 130 km off the northeast coast of England, Dogger Bank Wind Farm will be, at the time of completion, the world’s largest offshore wind farm and will be capable of powering 6 million British homes.

In 2020, Saipem was awarded a contract by Dogger Bank Offshore Wind Farms, a joint venture between SSE Renewables, Equinor and Vårgrønn for the transportation and installation of the jackets and topsides of two offshore HVDC (High Voltage Direct Current) substations for Dogger Bank A and Dogger Bank B, as well as a contract from Aibel for the Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) of the aforementioned jackets.

Each substation will consist of a topside and a four-legged jacket of over 3,100 tons installed at a water depth of approximately 28 meters, and will have a capacity of 1.2 GW. 

The two jackets were fabricated at the Saipem fabrication yard in Arbatax, Sardinia. The yard is currently involved in fabrication activities for other Saipem projects in the offshore wind sector.

With the conclusion of this first campaign, Saipem has successfully installed the jacket and topside for Dogger Bank A and the jacket for Dogger Bank B.

Saipem will complete its scope of work with the installation of the topside for Dogger Bank B in 2024.

Gianalberto Secchi, COO of Saipem's Offshore Wind Business Line, commented, “This success confirms once again Saipem’s capability of delivering full EPCI projects within the offshore wind sector, a key market for Saipem’s value proposition for the energy transition”.

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