Outer Dowsing Offshore Wind submits Development Consent Order application for 1.5 GW project (21/03/24)

Outer Dowsing Offshore Wind has submitted an application to the Planning Inspectorate for a Development Consent Order (DCO) for the 1.5GW Outer Dowsing Offshore Wind farm, located 33 miles (54km) off the Lincolnshire coast. The Planning Inspectorate now has 28 days to decide if the application will be accepted for examination.

Outer Dowsing Offshore Wind is being developed by TotalEnergies, Corio Generation and Gulf Energy Development. The DCO application includes an offshore wind farm comprising up to 100 turbines, underground cables to carry the power from the landfall site close to Anderby Marsh, and a new onshore substation at Surfleet Marsh. The project will then connect into existing National Grid overhead transmission lines in the Weston Marsh area.

Multiple rounds of consultation have been held from November 2022 until earlier this year with nearly 1,500 community members attending events.

Chris Jenner, Outer Dowsing Offshore Wind Development Director said:

“The UK needs to reduce reliance on energy imports while also reducing our emissions. Upon completion, Outer Dowsing Offshore Wind will be one of the UK’s biggest wind farms stopping the equivalent of nearly two million tonnes of CO2 from entering our atmosphere every year. In addition to addressing climate change, we have an opportunity to build our new renewable power generation in a way that minimises disruption and maximises the benefit to the UK.

“This application is the culmination of many studies, surveys, community meetings and consultation events. We have taken on board feedback to design the project in the most environmentally sensitive way.”

If the DCO application is accepted by The Planning Inspectorate, the project will move to the examination stage. A panel of independent inspectors will conduct the examination of the application and make a recommendation to the Secretary of State about whether the project should go ahead. As part of this process, anyone can have their say about the project. All interested parties who wish to take part in the process should register for updates directly on the Planning Inspectorate web page for Outer Dowsing Offshore Wind:

Outer Dowsing Offshore Wind (Generating Station) – Project Information (planninginspectorate.gov.uk)

 Outer Dowsing Offshore Wind

Outer Dowsing Offshore Wind is a 1.5GW project being developed approximately 54km (33miles) off the Lincolnshire coast.

The project is being developed by TotalEnergies, Corio Generation and Gulf Energy Development. It is anticipated to generate renewable electricity equivalent to the annual electricity consumption of over 1.6 million households and will play a critical role in achieving the UK Government’s ambition to deliver 50 GW of offshore wind by 2030 and achieve net zero by 2050.

Outer Dowsing Offshore Wind will reduce emissions equivalent to nearly two million tonnes of CO2 per year of operations through the generation of renewable electricity. This is equivalent to removing over 650,000 petrol cars from the road for the duration of the Project.

The Outer Dowsing Offshore Wind project and the renewable energy it will produce will become an essential component of the UK’s net-zero energy system, delivering opportunities and empowering transformational environmental change.

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