Published: Thursday, 13th August 2015
Ministers have approved a development consent order for the construction of a major new offshore wind farm off the UK north-east coast.
If built, the Dogger Bank Teesside A and B Offshore wind project will involve up to 400 wind turbines in total, across two offshore wind generating stations, each with an installed capacity of up to 1.2 gigawatts.
The onshore elements of the development will be located in Redcar and Cleveland. The project could support hundreds of jobs in the North East region and has the potential to generate enough green electricity to power up to 1.8 million homes.
Energy and Climate Change Minister Lord Bourne said: “As we build the Northern Powerhouse, we want local communities to reap the benefits of investment and green jobs from low carbon developments like this Dogger Bank Offshore wind project.”
The project is the brainchild of Forewind, a consortium comprising four European energy companies, one of which – SSE – is British, the others involved, RWE, Statkraft and Statoil, are German and Norwegian. The arrays would be located between 125 kilometres and 290 kilometres off the North East coast.
As well as the turbines the development would comprise up to 8 offshore collector platforms, up to four accommodation or helicopter platforms, up to 10 metrological stations, up to two convertor stations and up to two sets of export cables to connect the arrays to a coastal landing point between Redcar and Marske-by-the-Sea.