The Dogger Bank Zone is 125-290 km off the east coast of Yorkshire and covers 8660 km2.
The offshore wind farm is being developed by Forewind, a consortium between Scottish and Southern Energy, Statoil, RWE npower renewables and Statkraft.
Forewind has agreed with The Crown Estate a target installed capacity of 9 GW of offshore wind, though the zone has the potential for approximately 13 GW.
Dogger Bank offshore wind farm will be developed in four tranches of approximately 3 GW, which will be sub-divided into three projects per tranche.
Forewind Head of Development, Gareth Lewis, says: “The environmental investigations, analysis and stakeholder engagement that forms the EIA will be critical to gaining the consents required to build wind farms within the Dogger Bank zone.”
Robert Staniland, Royal Haskoning’s Director of Offshore Energy, adds: “The Dogger Bank Zone represents a particularly exciting challenge due to its sheer scale, wide range of stakeholders and the fact that much of it has not been previously explored in the detail necessary for EIA. As co-ordinators for both the offshore and onshore elements of the first project’s EIA(s), our project team will be able to provide a comprehensive and expert assessment which we believe will benefit the project greatly.”