Dogger Bank Wind Farms consist of three offshore wind farm projects, Creyke Beck A and B, and Teesside A, located around 130km off the North East coast. Each project will have a capacity of up to 1.2 GW.
SSE plc is one of the UK’s leading energy companies, involved in the generation, distribution and supply of electricity and in the extraction, storage, distribution and supply of gas. Its core purpose is to provide the energy people need in a reliable and sustainable way. It supplies energy to around 7 million energy and home services customers throughout Great Britain and Ireland, is frequently ranked number one for customer service and is the UK’s leading generator of electricity from renewable sources.
Equinor (formerly Statoil), is an international broad energy company committed to long-term value creation in a low carbon future. Equinor has a broad portfolio of oil, gas and wind assets in the UK. It is the largest offshore oil and gas operator in Norway and is one of the world’s largest offshore operators, and a growing force in renewables. With active investment in new energy such as offshore wind, Equinor currently has 750 MW of installed offshore wind capacity in production in the UK, and 385 MW under construction in Germany, at the EON-operated Arkona project.
Dogger Bank sits as an isolated topographic high within the central to southern North Sea spanning UK, German, Danish and Dutch waters.
The remains of mammals, evidence of human activity and vegetation have told archaeologists that the general area was, for a period of time, a land mass connecting the UK to mainland Europe, known as Doggerland. As the sea level rose after the last glaciation (ice age), it gradually became an island, until it was completely covered by water some time between 8000 and 5500 years ago.
The Dogger Bank Zone, located between 125 and 290km off the east coast of Yorkshire, extends over approximately 8660km². Water depth ranges from 18m to 63m.
A Development Consent Order (DCO) application for the Dogger Bank Project was made and achieved by Forewind, a consortium between SSE, Statoil (now Equinor), Statkraft and innogy. Work began on the project in 2010 and the second of the two 2.4 GW consents was received in August 2015.
The DCO granted permission for an installed capacity of up to 2.4 GW to connect into the existing Creyke Beck substation near Cottingham, in the East Riding of Yorkshire. The consent comprised of two offshore wind farms with an installed capacity of up to 1.2 GW each.
Those two proposed wind farms are:
This project is around 515km² and 131km from shore at its closest point.
The largest in area with a size of 599km² and also 131km from shore at its closest point.
For all documents relating to the consents for the Creyke Beck Projects, please click here.
Dogger Bank Teesside A was progressed through to a consent by Forewind and has a maximum installed capacity of 1.2 GW. It is around 560km² in size, with closest point from shore at 196km. The project will connect to the national grid at the existing Lackenby Substation in Teesside.
For all documents relating to the consents for the Teesside Projects, please click here.
innogy has taken full ownership of Teesside B which has since been renamed Sofia Offshore Wind Farm.
Each Dogger Bank project represents a potential multi billion investment, and Dogger Bank Wind Farms has an overall objective to enhance competition and maximise UK content. On 23 May 2018, Dogger Bank Wind Farms held a Meet the Buyer event, which was an initial opportunity for around 300 businesses to meet the Dogger Bank Wind Farms team, find out what they had to offer and what they may be able to contribute to the project. Further Meet the Buyer events will be held in due course.
To keep stakeholders and interested parties up to date on the project, we have produced a newsletter. To read the latest copy, Autumn 2018, please click here.