Aibel was awarded the contract in November 2019 by the SSE Renewables and Equinor consortium who are developing the world's largest offshore wind farm in the Dogger Bank area in the UK part of the North Sea.
Initially, Aibel was to deliver two converter platforms for the Dogger Bank A and Dogger Bank B projects (former Creyke Beck A and Creyke Beck B). The contract also included an option for a third platform for the Dogger Bank C project (former Teeside A) at the same wind farm. This option was exercised in February 2021. The Dogger Bank platforms will have a lean design, with a steel jacket structure and no living quarter or helideck. The platforms will normally be unmanned, operated from shore and accessed only by SOV (Service Operations Vessel).
The project is headed from Haugesund, while construction of the topsides will take place at Aibel's yard in Thailand. They will then be transported to Haugesund, where they will be outfitted with Hitachi's latest generation HVDC converter technology, before final completion and commissioning.