Forewind, a consortium between SSE, Equinor, Statkraft and innogy, identified four project areas within the zone to take to development consent with each project area having up to 1.2GW of generation capacity.
At the time, the projects were named Creyke Beck A, Creyke Beck B, Teesside A and Teesside B.
During 2015, after around five years of careful assessment, development and engagement, all four project areas received planning consent from the UK Government.
At the beginning of 2017, Equinor (then Statoil) increased its share from Statkraft and in August 2017 new ownership arrangements were confirmed:
- SSE and Equinor would progress the Creyke Beck A, Creyke Beck B and Teesside A projects under the new name of Dogger Bank Wind Farm, with each partner having 50% ownership and them being built in three phases.
All three phases were successful in the UK Governments 2019 Contract for Difference (CfD) auction.
To recognise their link to the historic Doggerland area, the three phases are now known as:
- Dogger Bank A (formerly Creyke Beck A)
- Dogger Bank B (formerly Creyke Beck B)
- Dogger Bank C (formerly Teesside A)
In February 2021, Eni Plenitude acquired a 20% ownership of the Dogger Bank A and Dogger Bank B phases with SSE Renewables and Equinor each retaining a 40% share.
In February 2022, Eni Plenitude acquired a 20% ownership of Dogger Bank C with SSE Renewables and Equinor maintaining 40% stakes each.
SSE Renewables is leading on the development and construction of Dogger Bank Wind Farm, and Equinor will operate the wind farm on completion for its expected operational life of around 35 years.
RWE is progressing the Teesside B project which has been renamed Sofia Offshore Wind Farm.
You can find out more about the Sofia Offshore Wind Farm by visiting the dedicated website.