Dogger Bank is an isolated sandbank located within the North Sea, off the Northeast coast of England. The sandbank spans the waters of Denmark, Germany, and the UK. Once completed the offshore wind farm will be able to power 6 million British homes with renewable energy.
The wind farm will be developed within the Dogger Bank Offshore Development Zone which extends over 8,660km² and is between 18m to 63m in depth. The project is made up of three projects in three different areas of the zone, known as Dogger Bank A, Dogger Bank B, and Dogger Bank C.
Dogger Bank A will be the first phase of the development. The area being developed extends over 515km² and is the closest area to the Northeast coast. When completed the area’s installed generation capacity will reach 1.2GW.
The next area to be developed will be Dogger Bank B a much larger area that extends over 599km². On completion this area will also produce 1.2GW.
The 2.4GW created by these two areas alone will be connected to Creyke Beck substation that already exists in the East Riding of Yorkshire. This energy will then be directed into the National Grid.
The furthest area from the Northeast Coast, Dogger Bank C, will also produce 1.2GW on completion, however this area is to be connected to Lackenby Substation in Teesside.
The official start to the construction began in April 2022, when the first HDVC export cable was installed. Dogger Bank A will be the first area connected, with the other two areas being connected in the coming years.
This is the first time in UK history that HDVC or High-voltage direct current cables have been used to connect an offshore wind farm to the mainland. Hopefully this will encourage other energy companies to look into ways of using HDVC in order to maximise renewable energy efficiency as there is minimal energy losses.