SSE confirms commitment to offshore wind with Dogger Bank Joint Venture

Today SSE confirmed the formation of a joint venture (JV) partnership with Norwegian energy company Statoil. The 50:50 partnership will see both companies work collaboratively to progress three of the four consented Dogger Bank Offshore Wind projects towards Financial Investment Decisions.

The Dogger Bank zone consists of four c. 1.2GW offshore wind projects. Located between 125 and 195 km off the east coast of Yorkshire it extends over approximately 8,660km2 and, once completed will have a total generating capacity of up to 4.8GW.

Offshore wind consortium Forewind was originally awarded consents for the Dogger Bank development in 2015. The new JV, SSE and Statoil, will work to progress three of these projects, Dogger Bank Creyke Beck A, Dogger Bank Creyke Beck B and Dogger Bank Teesside A, which total 3.6GW.

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

Mike Seaton, Director of Development at SSE said: “SSE is delighted to partner with Statoil to progress the three Dogger Bank Projects. This partnership, along with SSE’s stake in the £2.6bn Beatrice Offshore Windfarm Limited offshore project in the Moray Firth, confirms our ongoing commitment to the development of our offshore wind portfolio.”

“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; however it will oversee the decommissioning of the two met masts and removal of the suction-installed mono bucket foundations later in 2017.