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.
“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 Name||Technology Type||Installed Capacity (MWelec)||Turbine Capacity (MW)||No. of Turbines||Height of Turbines (m)||Development Status||Address|
|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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