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Forewind Backs Away From Further Dogger Bank Expansion

Two days after Forewind announced planning approval for the latest Dogger Bank Zone offshore wind expansion, it has announced plans to back away from any further expansion.

Made up of four big name European energy companies — RWE Innogy UK, SSE, Statkraft, and Statoil — Forewind is the consortium that is developing the Dogger Bank Zone, awarded the contract under the third round of the UK’s Crown Estate development offerings. Forewind received planning approval for the 2.4 GW Dogger Bank Creyke Beck in February, and announced this week that they would be developing the 2.4 GW Dogger Bank Teesside A & B farms.

However, Forewind announced Friday that they had ceased work on Dogger Bank Teesside C & D, which would have added a further 2.4 GW to the already mammoth Dogger Bank Zone.

“Forewind, together with its owners and in agreement with The Crown Estate, has ceased work on its remaining development consent application to focus efforts on the four consented Dogger Bank projects,” Forewind wrote in its Friday press release. Addressing why it is stepping back, Forewind continued:

These four Dogger Bank projects are a huge commitment and will require significant resources and attention from the owner companies to progress to the next stages. Together their capacity is almost equal to the total of all the offshore wind farms currently in operation in the UK.

The news comes as a huge blow to the already struggling UK renewable energy industry, which is currently suffering from repeated drawback of Governmental support and financial aid.

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