The Port of Sunderland has declared itself “ready, willing and able to deliver” for the Dogger Bank offshore wind project selected in the UK Government’s third Contracts for Difference (CfD) allocation round.
The port, owned and operated by Sunderland City Council, said it expects to see strong interest in its facilities and services, after the Government’s decision to approve the development of the Dogger Bank project.
The Sunderland Port, which is located 100nm away from the project site, believes that its ease of access is unrivaled and it could not be in a better position to service Dogger Bank when work gets started.
“Dogger Bank has long represented a significant opportunity for Sunderland, so we have been putting all of the building blocks in place to ensure that we were absolutely ready to capitalise on it from the moment the Government pushed the button. That will pay dividends for us, now the race is on to support this game-changing development,” said Matthew Hunt, Port of Sunderland Director.
Developed by Equinor and SSE, the 3.6GW Dogger Bank project will be delivered in three phases of 1,200MW spanning a six-year development period.
Doggerbank Creyke Beck A P1 will be developed at a strike price of GBP 39.65/MWh, with its first phase expected to come online in 2023/24. The strike price for Doggerbank Creyke Beck B P1 and Doggerbank Teeside A P1 is GBP 41.61/MWh and the wind farms’ first phases are due to come online in 2024/25.