Government approves Dogger Bank offshore wind farm

The Government has given planning approval for one of the largest offshore wind farms in the world at Dogger Bank in the North Sea.

If built, the Dogger Bank Teesside A and B Offshore wind farm will include up to 400 wind turbines in total, across two offshore wind generating stations.

Each of the developments will have an installed capacity of up to 1.2 GW and between them, they could power up to 1.8 million homes.

According to the Forewind consortium, who are behind the plans, getting approval takes the total of consented projects in the North Sea zone to 4.8 gigawatts (GW), almost equal to all the offshore wind capacity now in operation in the UK. 

“Thanks to Government support the UK is the world leader in offshore wind energy,” said Energy Minister Lord Bourne.

“As we build the Northern Powerhouse, we want local communities to reap the benefits of investment and green jobs from low carbon developments like Dogger Bank Offshore wind project.” 

The power from Dogger Bank Teesside A&B will come to shore between Redcar and Marske-by-the–Sea, in Teesside and the nine kilometre onshore cable will connect into the national grid at the existing Lackenby Substation, adjacent to the Wilton International industrial complex.

“It represents a real opportunity for the UK to receive even more of its energy from its abundant wind resource while creating significant economic benefits, particularly for the North Eastern regions,” said Forewind General Manager, Tarald Gjerde.

“These local regions are well positioned to take advantage of the many supply chain and employment opportunities, due to both their geographical proximity to the development as well as their industrial and marine heritage, with existing skills in large-scale production activities and a history of offshore support.”

“The consent is a credit to the outstanding efforts made by both the Forewind project team members and the many seasoned consultants and expert suppliers who contributed to the application,” Mr Gjerde added.

Jamie Hailstone is a freelance journalist and author, specializing in local government, transport and energy issues