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SSE and Equinor sign PPAs for 3.6 GW Dogger Bank first two phases (UK)

25 Nov 2020

SSE Renewables and Equinor, the joint venture partners co-developing the 3.6 GW Dogger Bank offshore wind power plant project in the North Sea (United Kingdom), have signed 15-year offtake Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) for the first two phases of the project, namely the 1,200 MW Creyke Beck A and 1,200 MW Creyke Beck B offshore wind parks. The PPAs were signed with Ørsted (40% share, corresponding to 960 MW) and Shell (20% share, 480 MW), and with sponsor offtakers Danske Commodities (20% share, 480 MW, on behalf of Equinor) and SSE Energy (20% share, 480 MW, on behalf of SSE Renewables). The agreements are subject to financial close on the project's first two phases.

Equinor and SSE Renewables plan to take the final investment decision (FID) on the Dogger Bank offshore wind project phase 1 and 2 by the end of 2020. FID on phase 3 (1,200 MW Teesside A) is scheduled for 2021. Total investments in the project reach £9bn (€10.1bn). The project was awarded 15-year Contracts for Difference (CfDs) in the September 2019 allocation round, with a clearing price of £39.65/MWh (about €44.4/MWh) for Creyke Beck A and £41.61/ MWh (around €46.63/MWh) for the Creyke Beck B and the Teesside A projects. Preliminary construction began in January 2020 and works include the installation of the onshore cable infrastructure for the first two phases, and at the onshore HVDC converter station locations in East Riding. The first phase is expected to be operational in 2023, and the entire project should be operational in 2026.

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