RWE has signed Agreements for Lease with The Crown Estate to develop the two offshore wind farm sites known collectively as Dogger Bank South (DBS).
DBS East and DBS West are located over 100km offshore in the shallow area of the North Sea known as Dogger Bank. Each project could have an installed capacity of up to 1.5 gigawatts (GW), which, combined, could potentially generate enough clean, green renewable energy to power the equivalent of over 3 million typical UK homes each year.
Welcoming the signing, Tom Glover, RWE’s UK country chair, said:” RWE is one of the world’s leaders in offshore wind, and the UK plays a key strategic role in the growth of our renewables business and becoming carbon neutral by 2040. With 10 offshore wind farms now in operation around the UK, RWE is already a leading partner in delivering clean, home-grown energy and security of electricity supply. Dogger Bank South East and Dogger Bank South West will be our largest offshore wind developments to date; using our industry expertise pioneered over 20 years in the UK, we plan to maximise this potential for the benefit of local businesses, creating new, high-quality long term jobs and supporting new skills development, investing in both the regional and national economies. We are delighted to be able to take the next steps towards realising this important energy project and look forward to working with local people along the way.”
RWE has already spent almost two years developing the project at its own risk to fast-track DBS in support of the UK Government’s net zero aspirations. So far, this has included offshore and onshore studies, collecting metocean data and a series of geophysical and environmental surveys. In July 2022, RWE submitted the Scoping Report for the DBS projects to the Planning Inspectorate, which then issued a Scoping Opinion in September 2022.
The results from the Holistic Network Design (HND) process, undertaken by National Grid ESO, were published in July 2022 and identified that connections to the UK electricity network for both projects would be made to a new National Grid substation at a location near the Creyke Beck National Grid substation. Since then, RWE has been engaged in a process of site selection, looking at potential locations to house the onshore electrical infrastructure required to transfer the electricity generated by the wind farms into the UK electricity network.
Shortlisted locations and routes are being assessed and will be described in the Preliminary Environmental Impact Report (PEIR), which RWE plans to publish in Spring 2023. The purpose of PEIR is to provide early information to allow stakeholders to develop an informed view of the impacts of the projects. RWE plans to submit an application for Development Consent in 2024.
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