Last Dogger consultations to start

Final public consultations on the sprawling Dogger Bank Teesside A and B offshore wind farms will kick-off next week at two venues near the UK developments' proposed landfall site and cable route.

The meetings at Redcar and Lazenby, at which project consortium Forewind will unveil documents, plans and maps for the two 1.2GW projects, are the culmination of more than three years of work including onshore and offshore environmental and engineering surveys, consultation and technical assessments.

“The aim of this consultation is to gather views and feedback on the proposals, and give those with an interest in the project another opportunity to influence the way Dogger Bank Teesside A & B is developed,” says Forewind project manager Chris Nunn.

“The consultation documents will be free to view at the public exhibitions, which all stakeholders are encouraged to attend."

Dogger Bank Teesside A & B, which is to be linked via underground cables into the national grid at the existing Lackenby substation, will have a total installed capacity of up to 2.4GW, with the potential to generate around 8TWh a year of power, equivalent to the electricity supply to 1.8 million British homes.

The consultation runs to late-December.

Two met-masts are installed on the 9.6GW, £3bn ($4.53bn) Dogger Bank zone, 125km off eastern England's coast, where water depths range from 18-63 metres.

The Forewind consortium includes RWE Npower Renewables, Scottish & Southern Energy and Statkraft.