Green Hydrogen phase announced for Dogger Bank D offshore wind farm

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New plans have been announced for the fourth phase of the world’s biggest offshore wind farm, Dogger Bank D, that will deliver green hydrogen. This comes just after the facility announced connection to the United Kingdom power grid. The up to 2 GW phase of the offshore wind farm will connect to Birkhill Wood. This is a proposed new 400 kV substation located in the East Riding of Yorkshire. It will be built as part of National Grid’s Great Grid Upgrade.

Progress so far on the green hydrogen phase

Plans to produce green hydrogen at a dedicated onshore facility have been explored in parallel with the electrical transmission opportunity by Dogger Bank D since the announcement of the project in February 2023. There will be a consultation further into the year to introduce the connection proposals to the local community. With the confirmation of an onshore grid connection location, the option to direct the wind energy produced by Dogger Bank D towards hydrogen production, as publicly consulted in autumn 2023, has been retired from the project. Additionally, at the end of last year, Equinor and SSE awarded contracts to Genesis, H2GO Power, and Fichtner, to carry out feasibility and optimization studies connected to the potential large-scale green hydrogen development on the project.

Other Dogger Bank D phases

The first three phases at Dogger Bank, a sandbank located 130 kilometers off the Yorkshire coast, total 3.6 GW. The first turbine went into service in October 2023. This marked the first use of a 13-megawatt wind turbine supplied by GE Vernova. Full commissioning of the first three phases won’t be complete until 2025. This is due to delays brought on by weather, supply chain issues, and availability of ships to support the massive construction project.

SSE, Equinor plan 1.3 GW Dogger Bank D offshore wind project - OGV Energy

The project team

The project developers are SSE, Equinor, and Vårgrønn said they expect a 35-year lifespan for the project. Operations and maintenance creating about 400 jobs at the Port of Tyne. In response to the public consultation held last year, later this month a feedback report for Dogger Bank D is set to be announced. This will contain a project update outlining the future direction for Dogger Bank D. This is in addition to the findings from all feedback received.

“Dogger Bank D welcomes this confirmation. It supports our ambition to develop this proposed offshore wind farm. This project promises to build on the legacy we’re creating through the earlier phases of the Dogger Bank Wind Farm. We are working hard to deliver safe and respectful construction both offshore and onshore, as well as generating socio-economic value for current and future generations. Furthermore, we look forward to continuing these high standards for project development. We look forward to working with our stakeholders to plan and deliver a sustainable and secure energy system,” said Rob Cussons, Dogger Bank D Project Manager.

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