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United Kingdom

Forewind sets up Dogger Bank 3D simulation

UK: The Forewind consortium has launched a 3D simulation of the planned 7.2GW Dogger Bank project cluster in the North Sea.

The simulator shows different possibilities on how the project will look
The simulator shows different possibilities on how the project will look

The consortium — made up of SSE, RWE, Statkraft and Statoil — said the programme would be of interest to fishermen as they could determine navigation possibilities if the turbines were constructed.

The simulation will show how the six proposed projects will look from different angles and perspectives.

It allows users to change a range of different variables such as weather, turbine size and foundations, the project's layout and other infrastructure to see how it will look should plans go ahead.

"The idea came from meetings with our offshore stake holders," said Forewind's communications manager Sue Vincent. "Dogger Bank is such a big development, it's hard to visualise it. It's a great tool to have to show stakeholders what the proposals will look like."

Vincent said the response so far from fisherman who had used the simulation had been positive. "It's something that could be adapted for future projects," she added.

The UK's Planning Inspectorate is currently examining applications from Forewind for two 2.4GW proposals within the block.

In February, Forewind cut its plans for Dogger Bank from 9GW to 7.2GW after deciding to only develop six projects within the block rather than the planned eight.

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