Equinor has started the hunt for an operations director for the world’s biggest offshore wind farm, the 3.6GW Dogger Bank off eastern England.
Whoever gets the job will take operational charge of the £9bn ($11bn) wind farm for the Norwegian group, which will take over its running as project partner SSE – which is overseeing construction – completes its three 1.2GW phases.
The Norwegian group said whoever fills the role will be at the leading edge of wind at sea not just in terms of overall capacity, but thanks to the deployment of largest-ever 13GW GE Haliade-X wind turbines, connection via HVDC transmission technology, and and unprecedented role for digitalisation.
The Dogger Bank operations will be run out of the Port of Tyne in northeast England, and encompass a team of about 200.
Unsurprisingly the role isn’t one for newcomers. The candidate profile stipulates “broad and deep knowledge and experience of the UK offshore wind industry and a top quartile track record from either offshore wind development or operations”.
Dogger Bank is due to start installing turbines in 2023. Once fully online in 2026, the wind project, located in 20-35 metres of water over 130km off the northeast coast of England, will be capable of powering up to 4.5 million UK homes.