Dogger Bank wind farm consultation begins

Public consultation got under way this week on the first major wind energy development planned for the Dogger Bank area of the North Sea, 80 miles off the Yorkshire coastline.

Developer Forewind’s Creyke Beck project is intended to comprise a wind farm with an output of up to 2.8GW, several offshore substations, one or two meteorological masts and two onshore converter substations. The number of turbines has still to be decided, but the company said "some hundreds" will be required.

Forewind has accepted a grid connection offered  by National Grid to connect the wind farm into the existing Creyke Beck substation near Cottingham in the East Riding of Yorkshire.

In the longer term, the company expects to provide at least 9GW of wind generation capacity in the Dogger Bank zone under the Crown Estate’s third round of offshore wind farm leases. It plans to develop the zone in a series of up to 12 wind farms.

The Creyke Beck proposal will be submitted for development consent either as a single 2.8GW proposal or in two separate applications covering wind farms of 1.4GW each, the company said.

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