The UK Planning Inspectorate has agreed to examine Forewind's application for the proposed 2.4GW Dogger Bank Creyke Beck offshore wind farm project, which is the first stage of the company's offshore wind development with 13GW in the Dogger Bank Zone.
To be built in the zone, located between 125km and 290km off the coast of East Yorkshire, the project will comprise two wind plants of 1.2GW each: Dogger Bank Creyke Beck A and Dogger Bank Creyke Beck B.
The first plant is proposed to be built in the southern part of Tranche A with a size of 515km² and 131km from shore at its closest point, while the second one will be located in the western part of Tranche A with a size of 599km² and also 131km from shore at its closest point.
Special purpose companies Doggerbank Project 1 Bizco and Doggerbank Project 4 Bizco will develop the first and second projects, respectively, and will connect them to the existing Creyke Beck substation, near Cottingham in the East Riding of Yorkshire.
If everything goes according to schedule, the company expects to begin construction on the project in early 2015 and commission by 2021, which includes the pre-construction phase of 2015-2017 and construction phase of 2016 - 2021.
Previously known as the Dogger Bank offshore wind farm, the project will feature a total of around 600 turbines and is expected to generate 8TWh of clean power annually, which is enough to entirely power the Yorkshire and Humber region.
With around 2,000 wind turbine generators totaling around 13,000MW capacity, Forewind's Zone 3, Round 3 offshore wind energy development in Dogger Bank Zone is claimed to be the largest wind power project in the world.
Once all the stages come online, the project is expected to generate 45.5TWh of clean electricity annually, which is enough power to supply 10% of the UK's electricity requirements.
Image: Dogger Bank Creyke Beck project will feature 600 offshore wind turbines. Photo: courtesy of UK governement.