Forewind, a joint venture between SSE, RWE, Statkraft and Statoil, has secured planning consent from the UK Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) for the construction of 2.4GW Teesside A and B offshore wind project along the north east coast of the country.

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The project involves construction of two offshore wind farms, each with an installed power generation capacity of up to 1.2GW.

Both the facilities will feature up to 400 wind turbines.

The Teesside A and Teesside B wind farms will feature eight offshore collector platforms, up to four accommodation or helicopter platforms, up to ten metrological stations; up to two convertor stations; up to two sets of export cables as well as onshore associated development.

Designed to meet electricity requirement of up to 1.8 million homes in the UK, the Teesside A and B wind farms represent the second phase of the larger Dogger Bank Zone development which involves construction four additional wind farms of 1.2GW each.

The first phase of the development is the Dogger Bank Creyke Beck A and B which includes two wind projects each with 1.2GW capacity.

UK Energy and Climate Change Minister Lord Bourne said: "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."

The six offshore wind farms are scheduled to be completed by 2020.

The Crown Estate offshore wind head Huub den Rooijen said: "The scale of the Dogger Bank projects offers a significant opportunity to continue to drive down costs, create high value jobs and support the UK’s transition to a low carbon energy supply."

Image: The Dogger Bank Offshore wind project is planned to be completedin 2020. Photo: courtesy of The Crown Estate 2015.