Second Dogger application goes in

Offshore wind developer consortium Forewind has handed in its second consent application for the giant Dogger Bank zone off the UK, bringing the total project resource in the planning system for the group to 4.8GW.

The application to the Planning Inspectorate for the 2.4GW Dogger Bank Teesside A&B development comes eight months after Forewind submitted its 2.4GW Dogger Bank Creyke Beck proposal, which is almost half-way through the examination phase.

The two projects, which together eclipse all installed offshore wind capacity currently in operation off Britain, could generate around 8TWh of power a year, enough to supply 1.8 million homes.

“We have reached this stage only through positive collaboration between the four project partners, our suppliers and contractors, and due to meaningful and ongoing engagement with all the relevant stakeholders,” says Forewind general manager Lee Clarke.

Dogger Bank Teesside A&B, which is made up two offshore wind farms each with an installed capacity of up to 1.2GW, would connect to the national grid at the existing Lackenby substation near Eston, in the northeast of England.

The Planning Inspectorate’s examination process is expected to last 10 months before a recommendation is forwarded to the Secretary of State for the final consent decision.

Huub den Rooijen, head of offshore wind at UK seabed landlord The Crown Estate said the planning application for the Dogger Bank Teesside A&B was “a great example of how the sector continues to go from strength to strength”.

Dogger Bank, originally scoped out as a 9GW scheme, will now be developed as a 7.2GW project, based on data from more than four years of offshore and onshore surveys which have convinced Forewind to focus on “those projects which are most likely to achieve a positive financial investment decision at this time”.

The consortium – made up of RWE, SSE, Statoil and Statkraft – said the zone’s remaining six 1.2GW wind farms would together be “better aligned” with the UK government's aspirations for offshore wind deployment of 8-15GW by 2020.