SSE and Equinor have scrapped plans to power green hydrogen production from the fourth phase of the Dogger Bank D offshore wind farm, 100km from the coast of north-east England.

The decision follows the confirmation of an onshore grid connection location in the East Riding of Yorkshire.

The possibility of green hydrogen production at a dedicated onshore facility was being explored alongside the electrical transmission opportunity at Dogger Bank D.

However, the electricity system operator has now decided to connect the project to Birkhill Wood, a proposed new 400kV substation that is part of National Grid’s Great Grid Upgrade.

The project is also considering coordinating Dogger Bank D with an offshore hybrid asset between the UK and another European country’s electricity market, creating a multipurpose interconnector.

This approach could enhance the UK’s energy security and minimise the need to curtail offshore wind output during times of excess supply.

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The project team is engaged in a site selection process to determine potential cable corridors and the placement of other onshore infrastructure required for the grid connection at Birkhill Wood.

Dogger Bank D project manager Rob Cussons stated: “Dogger Bank D welcomes this confirmation, which supports our ambition to develop this proposed offshore wind farm.

“Dogger Bank D promises to build on the legacy we are creating through the earlier phases of the Dogger Bank wind farm, during which we are working hard to deliver safe and respectful construction both offshore and onshore, as well as generating socio-economic value for current and future generations.

“We look forward to continuing these high standards for project development and working with our stakeholders to plan and deliver a sustainable and secure energy system.”

In February 2023, SSE Renewables began construction on the 64MW Jubera onshore wind farm in Spain – the company’s inaugural venture in the country’s onshore wind market.