SSE and Equinor, partners in developing the Dogger Bank D offshore wind project, have submitted their scoping report to the UK’s Planning Inspectorate.

The submission is in anticipation of conducting an environmental impact assessment (EIA), a prerequisite for the development consent order (DCO) application for the proposed project.

Dogger Bank D represents the potential fourth phase of the 3.6GW Dogger Bank wind farm.

This phase would contribute an additional 2GW to the wind farm’s capacity. The third phase of the Dogger Bank wind farm commenced construction during 2024.

The proposed site for Dogger Bank D is in the North Sea, 210km offshore northeast England.

The project is engaging with the Crown Estate, responsible for managing the seabed around England, Wales and Northern Ireland, to facilitate progression.

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As Dogger Bank D has been classified as a nationally significant infrastructure project due to its generating capacity exceeding 100MW, it necessitates an EIA.

The scoping report aims to obtain a formal EIA scoping opinion from the Planning Inspectorate, which will determine the scope of environmental topics to be assessed.

The 3.6GW Dogger Bank wind farm, granted development consent in 2015, is currently under construction in the North Sea across three phases: Dogger Bank A, B and C.

It will become the largest operational offshore wind farm in the world.

SSE Renewables Dogger Bank D project director Rob Cussons stated: “The scoping report is an important milestone for Dogger Bank D and a key part of the development of an offshore wind farm.

“The report lays out the scope of the project proposals and identifies key environmental factors. We look forward to receiving a scoping opinion from the Planning Inspectorate and input from consultees which will help inform our development proposals.”