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