Dogger Bank Wind Farm (United Kingdom)

The Swedish Export Credit Agency (EKN) is considering a guarantee for financing of equipment to SSE Renewables’ and Equinor’s construction and operation of phases A and B of the new Dogger Bank Wind Farm project.

The project is the world’s largest offshore wind farm under development and is located off the Yorkshire coast in England. Each phase will have a generation capacity of 1.2GW, totaling 2.4GW for A and B combined, and will provide a substantial contribution to renewable electricity in the UK.

Dogger Bank A has an area of 515 km², while Dogger Bank B extends across 599 km², and both are located 131 km from the nearest land point. The total number of installed wind turbines in phase A and B will be 190 and the project also includes other infrastructure offshore and on land. The transmission line on land is approximately 30 km long and underground.

EKN has made a preliminary classification of the project as category A and its key environmental and social risks relate to effects on the sea and bird life and environmentally sensitive areas. Documentation and information requirements in the UK for this type of project are extensive with a “Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP)” process that includes baseline environmental and social studies, input from NGOs, action and follow-up plans, monitoring and reporting, social impact, quality systems, safety requirements, and finally decommissioning. The original Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) of the project is available in the following web link:

https://infrastructure.planninginspectorate.gov.uk/projects/yorkshire-and-the-humber/dogger-bank-creyke-beck/?ipcsection=docs&stage=app&filter1=Environmental+Statement

A Non-Technical Summary of the Environmental Statement can be accessed here: Non-Technical Summary

EKN conducts an Environmental and Social (E&S) due diligence of the project based on the existing ESIA. EKN is engaged in close dialogue with involved parties to ensure that risks are managed in line with international standards. 

The information was published on EKN´s website www.ekn.se on September 10th, 2020. Comments on the project can be made within at least 30 days. This procedure is in accordance with the OECD Recommendation on Common Approaches for Export Credit Agencies (ECAs).

Web page last updated 21 Sep 2020