Published: 18 December 2012 18 December 2012
Forewind’s second stage of offshore wind development, Dogger Bank Teesside will be divided into two separate Development Consent Order (DCO) applications, each for two offshore wind projects.
Dogger Bank Teesside will comprise four wind farms, which could have a total installed capacity of up to 4.8GW. It was decided to submit two separate applications because Forewind has an agreed grid connection location, has completed all the necessary surveys and identified the project boundaries for the initial two projects – Dogger Bank Teesside A and B. Additional survey work is required, and the finalisation of the grid connection location for the third and fourth projects – Dogger Bank Teesside C and D. The first DCO application will seek consent for Dogger Bank Teesside A and B, two 1.2GW wind farms connecting into the existing Lackenby substation near Middlesbrough. The plan is for this application to be lodged with the Planning Inspectorate in spring 2014. The second DCO application will seek consent for Dogger Bank Teesside C and D, two up to 1.2GW wind farms whose project boundaries will be finalised in 2013 following the completion of additional surveys and assessment. They will also connect to an electricity grid substation in Teesside, although its location will only be confirmed once further work by National Grid and Forewind is complete. The second application will be lodged with the Planning Inspectorate at least one year after the initial Dogger Bank Teesside A and B application.