Dogger Bank scaled back to 7.2GW

A met mast being installed at Dogger Bank.

A met mast being installed at Dogger Bank.

Consortium Forewind has downscaled earlier targets of the capacity potential of its giant Dogger Bank wind power mega-development, after resource assessments led to the decision to drop two of the eight gigawatt-plus projects in the UK offshore zone.

Dogger Bank, originally scoped out as a 9GW scheme, will now be developed as a 7.2MW 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.

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