South Tyneside Council’s Planning Committee has granted permission for the construction of Dogger Bank Wind Farm’s operations and maintenance (O&M) base in the Port of Tyne.
Equinor submitted an application with the accompanying planning documents to the Planning Committee in February, requesting permission to build the O&M base and warehouse with associated access, parking, landscaping and engineering operations.
The O&M base will be built at a 1.82-hectare site at the former McNultys Quay, Corstorphine Town, South Shields.
The facility will serve as the main hub for operating the 3.6 GW Dogger Bank Wind Farm which, once complete, will be capable of powering six million homes.
Equinor and SSE Renewables revealed the design for the O&M base in March, saying that the operation of the wind farm for its lifetime of up to 35 years will create over 200 direct jobs in the North East of England.
Dogger Bank is being built in three equal phases of 1.2 GW each.
The first two phases, Dogger Bank A and B, are a joint venture between Equinor (40 per cent), SSE Renewables (40 per cent) and Eni (20 per cent).
The third phase, Dogger Bank C, is being developed on a different timescale and is owned by Equinor (50 per cent) and SSE Renewables (50 per cent).
SSE Renewables is leading the construction of the wind farm and Equinor will be responsible for its operation.