The UK has granted development consent for one of the world’s largest offshore wind projects.

The approval for the 2.4 GW Dogger Bank Teesside A&B project specifies two separate 1.2 GW projects, each featuring up to 200 turbines installed across an area of around 600 square km and located 165 km from the UK coast.

The move brings the total capacity of consented projects in the North Sea zone to 4.8 GW, almost equalling the UK’s currently operational offshore wind capacity.

Dogger Bank Teesside A&B is part of the Dogger Bank Zone, the largest of the Round 3 zones and the farthest from shore. According to developer Forewind, it is also one of the shallowest zones, featuring high wind speeds and seabed conditions ideally suited to offshore wind development.

The consent follows the approval of Forewind’s 2.4 GW Dogger Bank Creyke Beck wind farm in February. Together, the projects represent the largest renewable power applications to be approved in the UK to date, and the world’s largest offshore wind scheme.

Forewind is a consortium composed of RWE, SSE, Statkraft and Statoil.