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Construction commences on SSE offshore wind farms

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Construction is underway on offshore wind farms near the coastal village of Ulrome, East Riding, Yorkshire, England.

Dogger Bank Wind Farms, a joint venture between SSE Renewables and Equinor, is made up of three offshore wind farm sites in the North Sea, totalling 3.6 GW: Creyke Beck A (1.2 GW), Creyke Beck B (1.2 GW) and Teesside A (1.2 GW). All three sites were successful in the UK's September 2019 Contracts for Difference auctions.

The wind farms will make use of GE's Haliade-X turbine, and will be capable of generating enough renewable energy for over 4.5 million homes each year.

Jones Bros Civil Engineering, headquartered in Ruthin, North Wales, has been awarded the contract to install the onshore cable infrastructure for the Creyke Beck A and Creyke Beck B sites. The works will also involve completing bulk earthworks at the onshore high-voltage direct current convertor station locations in East Riding.

The onshore infrastructure includes the installation of approximately 20 miles of electrical cables within ducts. The ducts will be installed within trenches and where required via drilling under existing infrastructure and natural obstacles.

The completed onshore cable will transport the power generated by the two offshore wind farm sites, Creyke Beck A and Creyke Beck B from the landfall point at Ulrome to the new convertor stations in the south of Beverley. The cable route will connect to the existing National Grid substation at Creyke Beck, Cottingham.

The works contract also includes vegetation clearance, preparing access junctions and construction of a temporary access road to facilitate the main works, and installation of pre- and post-construction land drainage.

The full works are expected to take approximately two years to complete.

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