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Dogger Bank offshore wind farm given green light

Energy secretary Amber Rudd yesterday gave development consent for Dogger Bank Teesside A and B offshore wind farm.

Development consortium Forewind said although the farm is one of the furthest from the UK shore at a distance of 165km, it is also one of the shallowest and has ideal seabed conditions and wind speeds. In February approval was given to Dogger Bank Creyke Beck. It says both developments will make it the world’s largest planned offshore wind farm.

Dogger Bank Teesside A and B development will consist of two separate 1.2GW projects, each with up to 200 turbines installed across an area of around 600km2.

The power will come to shore between Redcar and Marske-by-the–Sea in Teesside. It will connect to the National Grid at Lackenby Substation via a 9km cable.

Forewind general manager Tarald Gjerde said: “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.”

The Forewind consortium is made up of four energy companies – RWE, SSE, Statkraft and Statoil.

There is now a six-week legal challenge period. 

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