UK energy company SSE has formed a joint venture with Norwegian energy company Statoil for the development of Dogger Bank offshore wind projects.

The joint venture will be a 50:50 partnership and will allow both the companies to work towards three of the four offshore wind projects that have been received consent for financial investment decisions.

The Dogger Bank offshore zone includes four wind farms, each producing 1.2GW projects. These upcoming projects will be located between 125km and 195km off the east cost of Yorkshire and cover about 8600 km2 of area. When completed, the four projects will generate about 4.8GW of clean energy.

Back in 2015, an offshore wind consortium of four companies including RWE (now innogy), SSE, Statoil and Statkraft had won the bidding for the Dogger Bank Zone from Crown Estate’s third licence round.

The new joint venture of SSE and Statoil will work on the development of three projects in the zone that include Dogger Bank Creyke Beck A, Dogger Bank Creyke Beck B and Dogger Bank Teesside A, which produce a total of 3.6GW of energy. The remaining fourth project, Dogger Bank Teesside B will be owned 100% and developed by Innogy.

SSE Development director Mike Seaton said: “SSE is delighted to partner with Statoil to progress the three Dogger Bank Projects. This partnership, along with SSE’s stake in the £2.6bn Beatrice Offshore Windfarm Limited offshore project in the Moray Firth, confirms our ongoing commitment to the development of our offshore wind portfolio.

“Each project represents a significant offshore development in its own right. We’re looking forward to working closely with Statoil to consider all of the options available to us in order to develop these projects further.”

Recently, SSE had successfully installed first of the 86 jacket substructures at the Beatrice Offshore Windfarm (BOWL), the 588MW wind farm which is located in the Outer Moray Firth.

Image: SSE and Statoil form joint venture to develop 3.6GW Dogger Bank offshore wind farms. Photo: Courtesy of SSE plc.