United Kingdom

United Kingdom

Dogger Bank phase one examination complete

UK: The UK's consenting authority, the Planning Inspectorate, has completed its examination of the application for the 2.4GW Dogger Bank Creyke Beck offshore wind project.

Dogger Bank is located 125 kilometres from the Yorkshire coast
Dogger Bank is located 125 kilometres from the Yorkshire coast

The inspection, which started in February, included one open-floor public hearing and nine issue-specific hearings. There were also two site visits to the proposed landfall and onshore cable route.

More than 30 stakeholder organisations were involved in the process and around 500 documents have been submitted.

The examiners will now spend up to three months preparing a recommendation for the secretary of state for energy and climate change. He will then take a further three months to issue the consenting decision including, if approved, the final development consent order.

It is anticipated that the secretary of state's final decision will be announced in February 2015.

Creyke Beck will be the first stage of development in the 7.2GW Dogger Bank Zone. It will have an installed capacity of up to 2.4GW and will connect into the existing Creyke Beck substation near Cottingham, in Yorkshire.

The project poses significant logistical issues as it is located 125 kilometres from shore. It is slated to come online in 2020.

In February, developer Forewind — a consortium made up of RWE, SSE, Statkraft and Statoil — cut the capacity for the whole zone from 9GW to 7.2GW.

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