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Masdar and RWE Reaches FID on $14 Billion Dogger Bank South Offshore Wind Project in UK

Last Updated on 01st March 2024

Masdar and RWE have successfully reached a Final Investment Decision (FID) on a joint investment of USD 14 billion to develop the 3 GW Dogger Bank South offshore wind project in the UK. Masdar now holds a 49% stake in the UK Dogger Bank South (DBS) projects, while RWE holds 51% and will lead development, construction, and operation throughout the project's life cycle.



The DBS offshore wind farm, located over 100 kilometers off the northeastern coast of England, will be split across two sites, DBS East and DBS West, each with a capacity of 1.5 GW spanning 500 square kilometers. The mega-facility is expected to generate enough electricity to power three million typical UK homes and will create 2,000 jobs during construction and more than 1,000 direct and indirect jobs during the operational phase.


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The planned USD 14 billion joint investment with RWE, a leading renewable energy company headquartered in Germany, is expected to provide a significant boost to the UK economy and demonstrates the UAE’s commitment to supporting net-zero goals in Britain and worldwide.


A decade ago, Masdar and RWE jointly launched the 630 MW London Array wind farm. Masdar has also invested in the 30 MW Hywind project, the world’s first floating offshore wind farm, and the 402 MW Dudgeon offshore wind farm. Last year, Masdar agreed to co-invest in the 476 MW Baltic Eagle offshore wind farm, which will power 475,000 homes.


Masdar CEO, Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi, stated, “The addition of the Dogger Bank South project demonstrates our commitment to developing Masdar’s offshore wind capacity and expertise as an important component of our pursuit of the target of 100 GW of renewable energy portfolio capacity by 2030.”


Read: What You Need to Know About Dogger Bank Wind Farm - UK's Largest Offshore Wind Power Project


Project Timeline

Masdar and RWE signed a joint venture agreement for the Dogger Bank South Project during COP28 in the UAE last December. Construction on the projects could start as early as the end of 2025, with the first 800 MW of electricity planned to come online in 2029. By the end of 2031, the projects ought to be fully operational.


The next development milestone for the projects will be the submission of applications for development consent orders, expected to be during the second quarter of 2024. 


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Project Background

Masdar and RWE Reaches FID on $14 Billion Dogger Bank South Offshore Wind Project in UK


The Dogger Bank South (DBS) project is a pair of offshore wind farm developments located in the shallow waters of the North Sea, over 100 kilometers off the northeast coast of England. These two sites, known as DBS East and DBS West, are part of the broader Dogger Bank region, which has historically held promise for large-scale wind energy generation.


The initial concept for Dogger Bank wind farms emerged in 2010, with plans for a multi-gigawatt project. However, the scale was later reduced to accommodate environmental and economic considerations. The Dogger Bank Wind Farm, encompassing separate projects like Dogger Bank A, B, and C, is currently under construction and on track for completion in 2026.


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Project Objectives

The Dogger Bank South project, situated in the North Sea, aims to become a significant contributor to the UK's clean energy future. With an estimated capacity of 3 gigawatts (GW), it could power roughly 3 million homes and contribute significantly to the country's goal of net-zero emissions. This ambitious project is a collaboration between RWE, a leading energy company, and Masdar, a sustainability and clean technology pioneer.


Beyond generating clean electricity, the project prioritizes environmental and societal benefits. Dogger Bank South implements strict measures to minimize its ecological impact on the surrounding marine environment. Additionally, it is committed to supporting local communities by investing in educational programs focused on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. This initiative aims to equip future generations with the skills needed to thrive in the green energy sector.


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