Dogger Bank set for final survey

Forewind is starting the final survey of the giant Dogger Bank zone, after what it claims is the most extensive study of an offshore area ever undertaken by a wind developer.

Forewind said the survey that starts this week is the last needed for its 7.2GW of planned Dogger Bank consent applications, completing £60m ($95.7m) worth of studies of the 8,700 sq km zone.

They have included detailed geophysical, ecological and environmental work, such as 160,000km-worth of aerial bird surveys.

Dogger Bank offers the scope for development of up to 9.6GW off eastern England.

Forewind – a consortium of RWE, SSE, Statkraft and Statoil – has already lodged proposals for the first development stage with the UK Planning Inspectorate.

The final survey will be carried out by UK contractors Brown & May Marine, Jubilee Fishing Company and Precision Marine Surveys.

Forewind general manager Lee Clarke said: “It is safe to say we have completed the most ambitious and extensive campaign of survey work ever undertaken to assess an area in readiness for the consent, construction and operations of any offshore wind development.”