Equinor lodges DCO application for Sheringham Shoal, Dudgeon extensions

Sheringham Shoal wind farm. Image by: Equinor.

September 5 (Renewables Now) - Equinor ASA (NYSE:EQNR) on Friday said it has submitted for review the projects for the proposed extensions to its existing Sheringham Shoal and Dudgeon offshore wind farms in UK waters.

The Norwegian energy major is seeking a Development Consent Order (DCO) from the UK Planning Inspectorate. Its submission contains a detailed description of each scheme and environmental assessments for the additional turbines and related transmission infrastructure, it said.

The Planning Inspectorate will decide in 28 days whether the application is sufficient to be accepted for examination.

Equinor is the operator of the 317-MW Sheringham Shoal and 402-MW Dudgeon wind farms off the North Norfolk coast, which are made up of 155 turbines in total. In 2020, the Norwegian group won leases from the Crown Estate to double the capacity of the two wind parks.

In July, the Sheringham Shoal and Dudgeon Offshore Wind Farm Extensions won the Pathfinder status – a label given to projects that are expected to potentially deliver early benefits on better coordinated offshore transmission systems. Under the plan, the two extensions will have separate grid connections but will be run through an integrated transmission system.

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