The government has given the go-ahead to mammoth Dogger Bank offshore wind parc – where Scottish Power Renewables is one of the four energy companies investing in the development.
UK energy minister Ed Davey has approved planning permission for Cryeke Beck A and B – the largest consented offshore wind project in the world, with an installed capacity of up to 2.4 gigawatts (GW), enough to meet the needs of 1.8 million households, and on its own supply around 2.5% of UK electricity.
And whether the Energy Minister is Ed Davey, or not, after the general election, the UK Government is likely to grant further planning permission for the Teesside A and B projects in the Dogger Bank development on, or by, 5 August 2015.
Dogger Bank Creyke Beck could create up to 4,750 new direct and indirect full time equivalent jobs over the 25-year lifespan of the project.
This will also sound the starting gun on a massive ‘green’ gold rush as engineering conglomerates and contractors seek to win high-value contracts.
A spokesman for Forewind – the Dogger Bank development consortium which incudes the RWE giant German utility, Statoil and Statkraft, as well as Scottish Power Renewables – said last night that no decisions had yet been made on supply chain contracts. He also give these answers to the following inquiries from Scottish Energy News; –
How will Forewind choose consultants and contractors?
We will be selecting consultants and contractors via a transparent tendering process. Our requirements will be defined and interested companies will go through a pre-qualification process before being invited to tender or else it will be an open tender.
Is Forewind committed to using British companies?
This is a major opportunity for British companies to be involved in a competitive tendering process. Locally based companies should be well placed to provide competitive bids and therefore secure contracts. Experience is vital but, given the size and scope of Dogger Bank, there will also be a focus on the continuing innovation and new technology that is integral to many UK companies. Members of the Forewind team will work closely with UK industry and others to develop the supply chain required to make this scale of development a reality.
Forewind is developing the largest tranche of the Round 3 licence for offshore wind farms at Dogger Bank. The £3 billion project could potentially use thousands of wind turbines and generate as much as 10% of Britain’s power needs.
Energy Secretary Ed Davey said: “Almost half of the costs associated with building and operating a wind farm are spent buying services and products from UK businesses, which translates into real jobs.
“Making the most of Britain’s home grown energy is creating jobs and businesses in the UK, getting the best deal for consumers and reducing our reliance on foreign imports. Wind power is vital to this plan, with £14.5 billion invested since 2010 into an industry which supports 35,400 jobs.”
The proposed site of the two adjacent wind farms (Creyke Beck A and B) is 80 miles from the shore at its closest point off Humberside. It is the furthest offshore wind project from UK shores, while remaining in shallow depths of 30 yards.
This means that it will be at the cutting edge of advancements in offshore wind farm development across the world. It is also the first consented phase of the much larger Dogger Bank zone, which comprises six sites with an estimated total capacity of up to 7.2GW.
Dogger Bank stretches north as far as the Scottish Borders, covering an area of more than 3,000 square miles.
Forewind General Manager Tarald Gjerde said the organisation and its four owners ‘are thrilled’ that the first consent for the Dogger Bank Zone has been granted. He added:
“Achieving consent for what is currently the world’s largest offshore wind project in development is a major achievement for Forewind and will help confirm the UK’s position as the world leader in the industry.
“It is testament to the stellar efforts made by the Forewind team, and to the invaluable support given by a wide range of expert consultants and specialist suppliers.”
Nick Medic, Head of Offshore Renewables, Renewable UK, said: “Dogger Bank is an awesome project, which will surely be considered as one of the most significant infrastructure projects ever undertaken by the wind industry.
“It puts a colossal wind energy power station right in the middle of the North Sea, comprising hundreds of offshore wind turbines which will create jobs and business growth for years to come.”
The name Dogger Bank comes from the term “dogger” – which was a type of Dutch fishing boat that commonly worked in the North Sea in the seventeenth century.
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