Equinor: Dogger Bank Wind Farm unveils £ 1million building fund to help young people prepare for a net zero world
The £ 1million investment also includes an operators fund to support other local causes worth up to £ 500. Community projects and local organizations will be able to apply at www.doggerbank.com/about/community/
The STEM investment in the Dogger Bank wind farm is one of the biggest skills commitments ever made by the offshore wind industry.
In addition to this STEM fund, Dogger Bank Wind Farm will invest £ 13.5million in the Offshore Wind Growth Partnership over its lifetime, a program set up to support the growth of the wind supply chain. offshore in the UK. In addition, 50% of the rent payments from the wind farm to the Crown Estate will support the Coastal Communities Fund, an initiative funded by the UK government to support economic growth in coastal areas. Under the current arrangement, funds received by the Coastal Communities Fund will be equivalent to 1% of the gross wind farm revenues, which could represent tens of millions of pounds invested in coastal communities during the operation of the Dogger Bank wind farm. .
Learning and Skills Minister Gillian Keegan said:
“As we recover from the pandemic, we are investing billions of pounds to help the UK become a global leader in green technology. This includes creating up to 250,000 jobs by 2030 through our ten point plan, which will be critical to achieving a green industrial revolution. It’s fantastic to see the developers at Dogger Bank Wind Farm supporting this by investing in science, technology, engineering and math skills. Not only is the world’s largest offshore wind farm a pioneer in new technology, it is also innovating in the way it supports coastal communities to ensure that young people are equipped to access the green jobs of the future.
South Shields MP Emma Lewell-Buck said:
“This is such an exciting opportunity for our young people to learn and improve the STEM skills that will equip them and place them at the forefront of skilled jobs in the green economy. I want to thank the Dogger Bank Wind Farm Project’s continued investment and commitment to our community, the wider region and the people.
Beverley and Holderness MP Graham Stuart said:
“This Dogger Bank Wind Farm investment is great news, and it’s great that it is benefiting the children of East Riding and my constituency of Beverley & Holderness.
“Strengthening our wind capacity in the national sea brings multiple benefits: helping us meet our renewable energy commitments, creating skilled jobs in the region and investing in the education of our children.
“I look forward to supporting Dogger Bank in the future as they generate tens of millions of pounds of investment in our region.”
Steve Wilson, Dogger Bank Wind Farm Project Manager, said:
“We are proud that in addition to the jobs and supply chain investments that we have already attracted to these local economies, we can also help make a real difference in the lives of people in our local communities through this innovative support program.
“We estimate that more than 25,000 young people from 142 schools in the north and north-east of England will benefit from this funding, as we open their eyes to the green industry opportunities of our net zero future.
“Renewable energy will increasingly become a source of skilled jobs in the UK as we weather the pandemic and rebuild our economy. This is one of the most important investments the offshore wind industry has made in future skills, and could be the key to unlocking the future potential of many young people, as we place STEM skills at the very heart of their learning.
The Dogger Bank wind farm will be located more than 130 km off the Yorkshire coast and will produce enough renewable energy to power six million UK homes. A joint venture between SSE Renewables, Equinor and Eni, SSE Renewables is leading the construction and delivery of Dogger Bank while Equinor will operate the wind farm for its entire life, from a new base to be built at the Port of Tyne .
Work is already underway on the first two phases of development at East Riding to prepare the 30 km cable route from Ulrome to the Creyke Beck substation near Beverley.