Atkins are designing 5 offshore substations for our UK projects

Benj Sykes, DONG Energy Wind, UK Country Benj Sykes, DONG Energy Wind, UK Country
Manager, and Dave Parkin, Managing Director of Atkins Power and Renewables.

"Our UK based team will be working together with DONG Energy on these large, complex projects."

​DONG Energy has awarded Atkins several contracts to provide detailed offshore substation designs.

Atkins is one of the world's leading design, engineering and project management consultancies and the work will be undertaken by teams of their experts in the UK.

These contracts cover three of DONG Energy's wind farms: Racebank off the East coast of Norfolk, Walney Extension in the East Irish Sea and Burbo Extension off the North Coast of the Wirral.

Having Atkins on board will enable a production line approach to fabrication, rather than a bespoke solution each time and will reduce costs without compromising safety and reliability. It becomes more like buying off the shelf than ordering a unique product and that brings cost savings.

This fits in with DONG Energy's progression to a standardised wind farm which will reduce the costs of offshore wind energy. Our goal is to cut costs by 35 - 40 percent for projects getting the go-ahead in 2020.

Dave Parkin, managing director of Atkins’ Power and Renewables business, said:

“With over 30 years looking after oil and gas offshore structures, we can directly apply lessons learned in terms of construction and operation in deeper waters, foundation and jacket technology, the use of heavy-lift vessels and asset maintenance offshore. Our UK based team will be working together with DONG Energy to apply the lessons on these large, complex projects enabling us to set new benchmarks in stripping out any fat for an industry that needs to become more and more competitive with other energy sources.”
 
Minister for Business and Energy, Michael Fallon, said:

 “I want to see more UK firms throughout the supply chain profiting from the growth in sustainable power. This contract is a promising step towards the creation of more highly skilled jobs as we establish a dependable and affordable energy mix.”