The Forewind consortium was formed by four energy companies RWE (now innogy), SSE, Statkraft and Statoil in November 2008 in response to The Crown Estate’s third licence round for UK offshore wind farms (Round 3). The following month, it was named “Forewind”.

Under the Round 3 process, The Crown Estate identified nine development zones, and the aim was that they would have the generation capacity to deliver a quarter of the UK’s total electricity needs by 2020.

In January 2010, Forewind was announced as development partner for Dogger Bank, the largest of the Round 3 zones. 

As development partner for Dogger Bank, Forewind has now achieved consent for an installed capacity of 4.8GW of offshore wind farm projects.

This figure equates to almost five per cent of the UK’s projected electricity requirements. If fully developed, it is likely to be the world’s largest offshore wind project.

In March 2017, Statkraft sold its shares in the consortium to SSE and Statoil so the was then owned by innogy (25%), SSE (37.5%) and Statoil (37.5%). In August 2017, the consented Dogger Bank projects were divided amongst the owners to be progressed through their next stages. 

Having achieved its remit Forewind no longer has an active role in the Dogger Bank projects although it will oversee the removal of the meteorological masts and suction-installed bucket foundations during 2017.


Definition: forewind, noun (nautical) a favourable wind