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Dogger Bank Wind Farm has agreed a contract with Manor Renewable Energy (MRE) to provide the temporary offshore power solution to support the construction of all three phases of the wind farm.
The contract represents MRE’s largest challenge to date, and will lead to the creation of around 20 new jobs. The jobs will be based largely in the north and north-east of England, and will provide entry-level opportunities for those wanting to begin a career in offshore renewables. Many of the new workers will be based at a new temporary operational home to be set up by MRE in the north-east.
The generators will be manufactured in the UK by JCB at the company’s Staffordshire location.
In an innovative approach to tackle the challenge of working more than 130km off the Yorkshire coast, MRE will use its generator recycling strategy to streamline the number of systems required, maintaining and refilling them using walk-to-work vessels.
Toby Mead, Chief Operating Officer at MRE, said:
“Preparations for the first phase of the Dogger Bank Wind Farm project are underway now, with MRE input starting in early 2023. From our interactions it’s clear from the outset that the client’s project team are driven to deliver this project with as much local content as possible and that’s a real plus for this landmark UK project. Bringing new people into the offshore industry has always been an important part of our company recruitment process, and this project will allow for a large number of new hires to enter the wind industry and gain experience during the construction of the largest offshore wind farm in the world; and that’s an exciting prospect.”
Dogger Bank Wind Farm Senior Project Manager, Alan Borland, said:
“Manor Renewable Energy will provide us with a safe, reliable and flexible temporary power solution during the construction of our turbines.
“The company’s generator recycling strategy allows us to operate a much smaller number of generators than a typical operation of this scale and because our turbines will self-sustain once commissioned, we’re able to operate them for a short period of time.
We’re delighted to be able to award Manor its largest contract of this kind, that will in turn provide employment opportunities in a variety of roles based largely around the north and north-east of England.”