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Eversheds advises on largest ever renewable energy project to receive UK planning consent

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    Law firm Eversheds has successfully advised the Forewind consortium on an offshore wind energy project at Dogger Bank in the North Sea – making it the largest renewable energy development ever to receive planning consent in the UK.

    Dogger Bank Creyke Beck, which has a total generating capacity of 2.4GW, is expected to be one of UK’s largest power generators. It comprises of two separate 1.2GW offshore wind farms, each with up to 200 turbines installed across an area of around 500km2.

    The consent is the result of more than four years of comprehensive assessments, stakeholder consultation and planning by the Forewind consortium, a joint venture formed by SSE Renewables Developments (UK) Limited, a subsidiary of Scottish and Southern Energy plc, RWE Npower Renewables, the UK subsidiary of RWE Innogy, and two of Norway’s largest companies, Statkraft and Statoil.

    The project involved ground-breaking technical work and analysis at an environment and policy level, particularly in relation to the offshore elements. Eversheds parliamentary agents developed innovative solutions to the structuring of the consent documentation which resulted in the consenting of two major projects in a single Order. This gave Forewind a flexible and deliverable development vital to the UK achieving its renewable energy generation targets and creating a secure energy supply.

    The wind farms will be located 131 kilometres from the UK coast and will connect into the existing Creyke Beck substation near Cottingham, in the East Riding of Yorkshire.

    The Eversheds team was led by partner Paul Maile working alongside partner James Trafford, and partners Marcus Trinick and Stephen Collings.

    Paul Maile commented:

    “We are extremely proud to have played such a significant role in this decision, which is the culmination of years of collaborative work with Forewind and our Planning, Parliamentary, Real Estate, and Corporate teams. Our breadth of specialist knowledge and resource within the sector was vital in bringing the project to fruition. We look forward to working with Forewind on the delivery of the project.”

    Tarald Gjerde, General Manager at Forewind, said:

    “Achieving consent for what is currently the world’s largest offshore wind project in development is a major achievement for Forewind and will help confirm the UK’s position as the world leader in the industry. It is testament to the stellar efforts made by the outstanding Forewind team, and to the invaluable support given by Eversheds."

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