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.
“Dogger Bank Creyke Beck, comprising two 1.2GW projects, is about to enter the examination phase with the Planning Inspectorate and the application for Dogger Bank Teesside A&B, a further two 1.2 GW projects, is on track to be submitted by the spring,” states Foreweind general manager Lee Clarke.
“Together these four projects represent more potential capacity than all the offshore wind farms currently installed and operating in UK waters.”
Forewind’s business plan, agreed with UK seabed landlord the Crown Estate, also includes the development of the 2.4GW Dogger Bank Teesside C&D “with a timescale for the submission of this application subject to discussions with key stakeholders”.
Crown Estate head of offshore wind Huub den Rooijen said that the downscaling was “another example of the UK offshore wind market continuing to mature” with developers concentrating on getting planning consent for the “best projects”.
“This healthy attrition in the UK’s pipeline is delivering a leaner industry, one that's more manageable for consenting bodies to resource and critically, one that offers greater certainty about the scale of near term development and investment opportunities.”