Energy job boom as offshore wind farm gets green light

The Dogger Bank Teesside A and B project would see as many as 400 turbines built in the North Sea, around 100 miles off the coast, if it is completed after it gained planning consent.

In February a similar sized scheme, also at Dogger Bank, was granted planning consent.Put together, the two adjacent projects would be the world’s biggest offshore wind farm.   The development by the Forewind consortium of SSE, RWE, Statkraft and Statoil would have an onshore element in Redcar and Cleveland, near Middlesbrough.

Forewind general manager, Tarald Gjerde said: “It represents a real opportunity for the UK to receive even more of its energy from its abundant wind resource while creating significant economic benefits, particularly for the north eastern regions.”

Forewind said the Teesside A and B projects could create 4,750 direct and indirect energy jobs, generating £1.5 billion for the UK economy.

Seabed conditions and wind speed and shallow waters make it ideally suited to power generation, the consortium said.

Energy and Climate Change Minister Lord Bourne said: “Thanks to Government support the UK is the world leader in offshore wind energy.

“As we build the Northern Powerhouse, we want local communities to reap the benefits of investment and green jobs from low carbon developments like Dogger Bank Offshore wind project.”

As well as the turbines, the project could see eight collector platforms built, four accommodation or helicopter platforms, 10 weather stations and two converter stations.

The electricity would be brought via up to two sets of export cables to a landing point between Redcar and Marske-by-the-Sea and then fed into the National Grid.


Source: The Yorkshire Post


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