Offshore wind provides the opportunity to play a major role in delivering carbon reduction in line with Government targets capitalizing on excellent wind resource off the North Yorkshire Coast. It has the potential to be a massive growth industry to supply and service the required infrastructure.
It is not without challenges in terms of costs, weather and logistics.
The enterprise will inevitably require a very significant number of vessel movements associated with the installation of turbines, including the establishment of foundations, platform and array cables. However, there is a major need for operation and maintenance support including towage, commissioning, guard vessels and security, transfer of crew to installation platforms andservicing and maintenance of both the turbines and the craft that support the industry.
Development of the offshore wind industry is taking place in three phases. Phases 2 and 3 directly impact upon and offer opportunities for the Borough of Scarborough.
Construction of Westermost Rough - a phase 2 project only 8 kms off the east coast of Yorkshire - is expected to begin in 2011 by Dong Energy.
The Humber Gateway is also within easy reach of the Borough’s ports.
The tenders for development of the third round were let in January 2010. The third round includes Dogger Bank and Hornsea. Round 3 offshore wind energy generation aims to deliver a quarter of the UK electricity needs by 2020.
The Dogger Bank zone is located off the east Yorkshire coast 134 kilometres offshore and less than 3 hours steaming from Whitby (at 25 knots). It extends over an area approximately equivalent in size to North Yorkshire.
It is the largest zone in Round 3 and is believed to be capable of delivering around 10 per cent of the total projected UK electricity requirements. Consequently once developed it is likely to be the world’s largest offshore wind project.
In January 2010 Forewind were appointed as the successful tenderer for delivery of the Dogger Bank scheme. Forewind are a consortium of four leading international energy companies - Scottish and Southern Energy plc (SSE); RWE npower renewables, the UK subsidiary of RWE Innogy, and two of Norway’s largest companies, Statkraft and Statoil.
SSE is one of the largest energy companies in the UK, Statoil is a world leading offshore operator, Statkraft is Europe’s largest generator of renewable energy and RWE npower renewables is one of the UK’s leading onshore and offshore windfarm developers and operators.
Forewind are beginning to carry out the extensive surveys, assessments and planning required for the consent process. The consortia have committed to secure all the necessary consents for the construction and development of Dogger Bank, up to the point of an investment decision, which is anticipated around late 2014.
Forewind has agreed with The Crown Estate a target installed capacity of 9GW of electricity production though the zone has a potential for approximately 13GW.
The Developments will require:
- Environmental Impact Assessments, marine surveys, geophysics, hydrographicalsupport
- Project Engineering & Project Management
- Offshore and onshore substations
- Vessel operations, ports,logistics
Whitby, in particular, is ideally placed to provide part a significant element of the requirements of the industry for support vessel operations, ports and logistics being the closest port to the proposed development.
Inward Investment Manager
Scarborough Borough Council
tel : 01723 232440
Borough Harbour Master
Economic Development Manager
Scarborough Borough Council
tel : 01723 232321
fax : 0870 238 4159