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SSE, Statoil form JV for three Dogger Bank offshore wind farm projects

EBR Staff Writer Published 04 September 2017

British energy company SSE and Statoil have formed a joint venture (JV) to advance three of the four 4.8GW Dogger Bank offshore wind farm projects towards financial investment decisions (FIDs).

The new JV which will be equally owned by SSE and Norwegian energy company Statoil will work on three of the four consented offshore wind projects in the English North Sea.

Named as Dogger Bank Creyke Beck A, Dogger Bank Creyke Beck B and Dogger Bank Teesside A, the three offshore wind facilities in the JV have a capacity of 1.2GW each.

SSE development director Mike Seaton said: “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.”

SSE says that the fourth project also of 1.2GW capacity and dubbed as Dogger Bank Teesside B will be handled by German energy company innogy.

In March, Statoil grew its stake in the Dogger Bank offshore wind farm to 37.5% by acquiring a stake of 12.5% from Statkraft. SSE, which also bought an identical stake from the Norwegian state-owned hydropower company, holds 37.5% while innogy holds 25% in the Dogger Bank offshore wind farm.

The four offshore wind projects are contained in the Dogger Bank zone located 125-195km off the east coast of Yorkshire and span over nearly 8,660km2.

Originally, offshore wind consortium Forewind had won consents for the development of the Dogger Bank offshore wind project in 2015. The consortium will not take part in the projects but will monitor the decommissioning of the two met masts along with the removal of the suction-installed mono bucket foundations later this year.


Image: A JV between SSE and Statoil will work on three of the four Dogger Bank offshore wind farm projects. Photo: courtesy of SSE.