Plans dropped for one of the UK’s largest proposed hydrogen production projects

SSE Renewables and Equinor have cancelled plans to produce hydrogen from the 3.6GW offshore wind farm at Dogger Bank D.

Instead, the fourth phase of the project will ensure the facility will connect to Birkhill Wood, with a proposed new 400kW substation located in the East Riding of Yorkshire being built as part of National Grid’s Great Grid Upgrade.

The two companies had planned to produce hydrogen at a dedicated onshore facility in parallel with the electrical transmission opportunity. In response to a public consultation held last year (2023), a feedback report for Dogger Bank D will be published this month (March).

The original proposal would have required a new development consent order to progress into construction, potentially adding additional power in fixed-bottom offshore wind capacity to the 3.6GW already in construction with phases A, B and C of the project.

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