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UK backs 719MW extensions at Equinor offshore pair

RICHARD HEAP

April 18, 2024

The UK Government has approved plans to double the size of the 402MW Dudgeon and 317MW Sheringham Shoal offshore wind farms off the UK’s east coast.

The Government announced yesterday that it has awarded development consent for the up-to-402MW Dudgeon Extension and up-to-317MW Sheringham Extension schemes. Its decision follows advice from the Planning Inspectorate.

Dudgeon is owned by Equinor, which submitted the applications for the extensions, as well as Masdar and China Resources (Holdings). Sheringham Shoal is owned by Equinor, Macquarie’s Green Investment Group and Scira Offshore Energy.

The developers now have to determine whether they can take both projects forward to final investment decisions.

Halfdan Brustad, vice president of UK renewables at Equinor, said: “The Extension projects have been developed carefully over the last five years, with innovative approaches to transmission planning and consenting, underpinned by close engagement with the local community. The extensions build on our longstanding presence in Norfolk and we look forward to contributing even more positively to the local region and the UK’s offshore wind growth.”

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