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UK wind farms project pipeline revealed

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With concerns for the future of the UK energy market growing, attention has turned to onshore and offshore wind projects to fill the void.   

The department for Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has released its quarterly update of the renewable energy planning database, showing all projects in development.  

It comes as concerns about the UK’s energy strategy mount, following Hitachi’s decision to suspend its £20bn nuclear plant on Anglesey.

New Civil Engineer has pulled out the most significant developments in the onshore and offshore wind sectors, in the interactive map below. Click on each marker for project information.  

In terms of wind power,  just under 300 projects are registered with BEIS in the planning and construction stages, the majority of which are small onshore projects.  

Fifteen offshore projects have been approved by their respective planning authorities and are now awaiting construction, including the huge Dogger Bank wind farm off the coast of North East coast. 

 

The Dogger Bank project covers three sites – Creyke Beck A and B, and Teesside A, will be built 125km off the Yorkshire coast. Each site is aiming to produce 1,200MW of clean energy.  

Creyke Beck A and B has been given the go-ahead and is now awaiting construction, its 360 turbines will generate 2,400MW of power.  

Dogger Bank is being developed by a joint venture of Scottish utility giant SSE and Norwegian energy company Statoil. 

SSE director of development Mike Seaton said when the JV was formed in 2017 that it represented a commitment to develop more offshore projects, including Moray Firth.  

“SSE is delighted to partner with Statoil to progress the three Dogger Bank Projects,” he said.  

“This partnership, along with SSE’s stake in the £2.6bn Beatrice Offshore Windfarm Limited offshore project in the Moray Firth, confirms our ongoing commitment to the development of our offshore wind portfolio.” 

The largest proposed onshore wind farm is the Viking Wind Farm set to be built in the Shetland Islands, off the coast of Scotland. The project is a joint venture between the Shetland community and energy company SSE. 

Permission for the Viking project has been granted. The site will have 103 turbines capable of producing 370MW of clean energy – enough to power 335,000 homes - more than on Shetland.

Last year, the Civil Engineering Contractors Association urged the Scottish government to invest more in island-based onshore wind projects through subsidies.

A Viking Energy spokesman said the major project will benefit a local supply chain.

“The Viking Energy Wind Farm is a major project which will deliver a range of tangible benefits to the local supply chain.” 

Noteable upcoming projects

Operator (or Applicant)Site NameTechnology TypeInstalled Capacity (MWelec)Turbine Capacity (MW)No. of TurbinesHeight of Turbines (m)Development StatusAddress
SEE/Statoil (formerly Forewind) Dogger Bank Creyke Beck A & B Wind Offshore 2,400.00 5 360   Planning Permission Granted 125km off coast of Yorkshire
Vattenfall/Scottish Power Renewables The East Anglia Array - Norfolk Vanguard Wind Offshore 1,800.00 5 360 145 Planning Application Submitted North Sea, off the East Anglia coast
Orsted (formerly Dong Energy) Hornsea Project Two - Optimus and Breesea Wind Offshore 1,400.00 8.48 165   Planning Permission Granted
SEE/Statoil (formerly Forewind) Dogger Bank Teesside A Wind Offshore 1,200.00 5 480   Planning Permission Granted 125km off coast of Yorkshire
Innogy (formerly Forewind) Sofia (Dogger Bank Teesside B) Wind Offshore 1,200.00 5 480   Planning Permission Granted 125km off coast of Yorkshire
Orsted (formerly Dong Energy) Hornsea Project One - Heron & Njord Wind Offshore 1,200.00 7 174   Under Construction
Scottish Power Renewables/Vattenfall/OPR East Anglia 3 Wind Offshore 1,200.00 7 172 247 Planning Permission Granted East Anglia Offshore Wind Three, Underground Cabling Between Bramford And Bawdsey, Lowestoft
Orsted (formerly Dong Energy) Hornsea Project Three Wind Offshore 1,200.00 5 171   Planning Application Submitted
Innogy Triton Knoll Wind Offshore 860 9.5 90   Planning Permission Granted Greater Wash region, approximately 33km off the Lincolnshire coast
Red Rock Power (ICOL) Inch Cape Wind Offshore 784 7.12 72 186 Planning Permission Granted Offshore - Scottish Borders (15-22 KM off the east Angus coastline)
EDPR Moray Firth 2 (West) Wind Offshore 750 12 50   Planning Application Submitted Smith Bank, Moray Firth - 22.5 km off Lybster
Scottish Power Renewables East Anglia 1 (EA 1) Wind Offshore 714 5 100   Under Construction Offshore, East of England
Scottish & Southern Energy (SSE) / Repsol / CIP Beatrice Wind Offshore 588 7 84   Under Construction Offshore Scottish borders
SSE Seagreen Alpha Wind Offshore 525 7 75   Planning Permission Granted Firth of Forth Wind Zone 2, Dundee, Tayside
SSE Seagreen Bravo Wind Offshore 525 7 75   Planning Permission Granted Firth of Forth Wind Zone 2, Dundee, Tayside
EDF Renewables Power Neart na Gaoithe Wind Offshore 450 7 54   Planning Permission Granted Offshore Scottish borders (15KM off Forth Estuary, Kirkcaldy, Fife, KY1)
Mainstream Renewable Power Neart na Gaoithe (Resubmission) Wind Offshore 450 7 54 208 Planning Application Submitted Firth of Forth, 15.5km east of Fife Ness
Vattenfall Thanet (extension) Wind Offshore 340 10 34 210 Planning Application Submitted Thanet offshore windfarm, Dover, Kent
Moray East (formerly MORL)/ EDPR MacColl Offshore Windfarm (Moray Firth) Wind Offshore 317 6 62   Planning Permission Granted Smith Bank, Moray Firth - 13miles off Lybster
Moray East (formerly MORL)/ EDPR Telford Offshore Windfarm (Moray Firth) Wind Offshore 317 6 62   Planning Permission Granted Smith Bank, Moray Firth - 13miles off Lybster
Moray East (formerly MORL)/ EDPR Stevenson Offshore Windfarm (Moray Firth) Wind Offshore 316 6 62   Planning Permission Granted Smith Bank, Moray Firth - 13miles off Lybster

 

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