Humber has key role to play with Dogger Bank
The project director behind the huge Dogger Bank offshore wind farm scheme has told how the Humber will be home to "major opportunities" emerging from the development of a further 800 turbines in the North Sea.
Last week saw the Teesside A and B projects consented by Government, adding to the permissions received in February for the dual Creyke Bank scheme.
Each of the four single phases is double the capacity of the current world leader, London Array, at 613MW.
Tarald Gjerde, who is leading on the scheme for developer Forewind, a consortium of SSE, RWE, Statkraft and Statoil, told how this region has a lot to look forward to, adding to his positive comments earlier this summer.
Mr Gjerde said: "This 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.
"Dogger Bank Teesside A&B could create up to 4,750 new jobs and generate more than £1.5 billion for the UK economy, with the majority of opportunities in the North East, Yorkshire and the Humber regions.
"These local regions are well positioned to take advantage of the many supply chain and employment opportunities, due to both their geographical proximity to the development as well as their industrial and marine heritage, with existing skills in large-scale production activities and a history of offshore support.
"The consent is a credit to the outstanding efforts made by both the Forewind project team members and the many seasoned consultants and expert suppliers who contributed to the application."
Dogger Bank sits between 125km and 290km off the North East coast, just north of the Hornsea zone, where Dong Energy is taking initial schemes forward, with Able Marine Energy Park set to be the focus of operations.
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 energy jobs from low carbon developments like Dogger Bank."