Planning consent was given today for construction of an offshore windfarm off the UK North East coast, in a boost to the local economy and a low carbon, home grown energy mix.
If built, Dogger Bank Teesside A and B Offshore wind project will include up to 400 wind turbines in total, across two offshore wind generating stations, each with an installed capacity of up to 1.2 GW. With the onshore elements of the development to be located in Redcar and Cleveland, the project could support hundreds of jobs in the North East area and has the potential to generate enough green electricity to power up to 1.8 million British homes.
Energy and Climate Change Minister Lord Bourne said:
Thanks to Government support the UK is the world leader in offshore wind energy. 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.
Notes to editors
Dogger Bank Teesside A and B is being taken forward by Forewind – a consortium comprising SSE, RWE, Statkraft and Statoil.
If built Dogger Bank Teesside A and B would be located between 125 kilometres and 290 kilometres off the North East coast
The development would comprise:
Up to 200 wind turbine generators in each of two arrays (up to 400 in total);
Up to 8 offshore collector platforms;
Up to 4 accommodation or helicopter platforms;
Up to 10 metrological stations;
Up to 2 convertor stations;
Up to two sets of export cables to connect the arrays to a coastal landing point between Redcar and Marske-by-the-Sea in the Borough of Redcar and Cleveland; and
Onshore associated development, including underground cabling and a convertor station.