SSE and Statoil have teamed up to co-develop three 1.2GW projects at the 4.8GW Dogger Bank offshore wind zone off the UK’s east coast, with Innogy taking a sole role on the remaining site.
Project consortium Forewind said today that the 1.2GW trio of Creyke Beck A, Creyke Beck B and Teesside A will be developed by SSE and Statoil. Innogy will develop the Teesside B site.
Forewind said the new ownership agreements mean the projects will now be progressed towards financial investment decisions by the respective owners.
Forewind will no longer be involved with the Dogger Bank projects but will oversee the decommissioning of the two met masts and removal of the suction-installed mono bucket foundations later this year, it said.
Innogy director of offshore wind Paul Cowling said: “We will now develop the Dogger Bank Teesside B offshore wind project in line with our current pipeline, as we seek to deliver on our renewable energy growth ambitions, actively shaping the energy world of the future.”
Innogy said its plans for Teesside B project were not yet at a stage where it could be submitted into the upcoming Contract for Difference auction.
“We are interested in finding out when the next future auction will take place and hope the details will soon be made available,” a spokesperson said.
SSE director of development Mike Seaton said: “SSE is looking forward to taking the next steps to progress the Dogger Bank projects.”
Statoil executive vice president for new energy solutions Irene Rummelhoff said: “Dogger Bank represents a unique opportunity for the UK to develop secure, sustainable and cost-competitive energy from its world-class wind resource.
“The asset constitutes a very important element in Statoil’s strategy to gradually complement our oil and gas portfolio with profitable renewable energy solutions.”
A Statoil spokesman said it is looking to "mature" its Dogger projects "as soon as possible" when asked whether any of the site's will bid in the UK's current Contracts for Difference auction.