DONG Energy is one of the leading energy groups in Northern Europe, with a business based on procuring, producing, distributing and trading in energy and related products.
Headquartered in Denmark, DONG Energy has around 6,500 employees, including over 600 in the UK and last year alone generated DKK 67 billion (EUR 9.0 billion) in revenue.
DONG Energy currently has seven operational UK offshore wind farms, which include Barrow, Burbo Bank, Gunfleet Sands, Walney, West of Duddon Sands, London Array and Lincs. In addition, the company has two wind farms which are under construction, the Burbo Bank Extension and the soon-to-be-completed Westermost Rough wind farm.
Westermost Rough, located off the UK’s East Coast, is the first offshore wind farm to make commercial use of the Siemens 6MW wind turbine. The wind farm is a joint venture between DONG Energy (50%) and its partners Marubeni Corporation (25%) and the UK Green Investment Bank (25%) and once fully operational, it will be capable of generating up to 210 megawatts (MW) of electricity – enough capacity to meet the annual electricity demands of over 150,000 UK homes.
The final turbine was installed on Westermost Rough in March 2015, after being lifted into position by the specialist jack-up vessel Sea Challenger on 27th March.
Duncan Clark, Programme Director for Westermost Rough at DONG Energy, said:
“This is a significant milestone for the project in which all the partners involved are breaking new ground for the industry by offshore deployment of 6MW turbines. It is also an important step in reducing the cost of energy from offshore wind.”
He added: “Over 900 people have been employed on the offshore construction programme, and reaching installation of the final turbine with high levels of safety performance is a credit to their great teamwork.
“Our focus is now fully directed to safely finishing the commissioning work on the rest of the turbines, ensuring that they are all delivering clean, green energy to the UK grid this summer.”
Moving forward, DONG Energy has three wind farms in the planning and development stages, which include Walney Extension, Hornsea Project One and the Race Bank wind farm. The Race Bank project will take place in the southern area of the North Sea – approximately 27km north of Blakeney Point off the coast of Norfolk – and once complete will have the capacity of up to 580 MW.
DONG Energy has awarded a £21.8 million contract to construct the onshore substation for Race Bank to J. Murphy & Sons Limited.
Thomas Karst, Programme Director for Race Bank at DONG Energy, said:
“DONG Energy is absolutely committed to investing in the UK, so we delighted to offer this very significant contract to Murphy. Race Bank is an exciting project and this agreement with Murphy for construction of an onshore substation is a vital piece of work as development moves forward.”
For more information about DONG Energy, its goals and activities, please visit: www.dongenergy.co.uk.