UK-based energy company SSE has confirmed the creation of a new joint venture (JV) with Norway’s Statoil to bring three of the four Dogger Bank offshore wind projects towards financial close.

The new JV will be equally owned by SSE and Statoil. It will manage the progress of Dogger Bank Creyke Beck A, Dogger Bank Creyke Beck B, and Dogger Bank Teesside A, which will feature a combined total power generating capacity of 3.6GW.

The remaining project Dogger Bank Teesside B will be developed by innogy.

Consent for the Dogger Bank project was won in 2015 by offshore wind consortium Forewind, which comprised RWE (now innogy), SSE, Statoil, and Statkraftas members.

"Dogger Bank features four 1.2GW offshore wind projects that extend over 8,660km²."

Situated between 125km and 195km off the east coast of Yorkshire, Dogger Bank features four 1.2GW offshore wind projects that extend over 8,660km². It will be able to generate a total of up to 4.8GW of energy when completed.

SSE Development director Mike Seaton said: “This partnership, along with SSE’s stake in the £2.6bn Beatrice Offshore Windfarm Limited project in the Moray Firth, confirms our ongoing commitment to the development of our offshore wind portfolio.

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“Each project represents a significant offshore development in its own right.

“We’re looking forward to working closely with Statoil to consider all of the options available to us in order to develop these projects further.”

The Forewind consortium will no longer be involved with the Dogger Bank projects, but will supervise the decommissioning of the two met masts and removal of the suction-installed mono bucket foundations, which are set to take place later this year.

Image: An offshore windfarm. Photo: courtesy of SSE.