National Grid connects world's largest offshore wind farm

We've connected Dogger Bank to the grid at our Creyke Beck substation in Yorkshire

We’ve connected the world’s largest offshore wind farm to our electricity transmission network following work to extend our Creyke Beck 400kV substation in Yorkshire.

The reinforcements to Creyke Beck (pictured above) will enable us to safely connect gigawatts of clean power from SSE Renewables’ new Dogger Bank wind farm to the grid, and on to homes and businesses around Britain.

It’s a proud moment for our connections and asset operations teams – their work is a key part of this project’s success story.

While not yet fully operational, Dogger Bank started producing electricity for the first time this week, marking a major milestone in the development of the offshore wind industry and the transition to a cleaner, more secure energy system.

A wind turbine at Dogger Bank
One of the newly-installed wind turbines at Dogger Bank

The wind farm is being constructed in the North Sea in three 1.2GW phases known as Dogger Bank A, B and C – with Dogger Bank A already connected into Creyke Beck, Dogger Bank B to follow at the same substation, and Dogger Bank C planned to plug into our Lackenby substation.

When complete in 2026, its 3.6GW output will be enough to power six million homes with clean energy.

John Twomey, director of customer connections for National Grid, said:

“Congratulations to everyone involved – Dogger Bank’s first power is a momentous engineering achievement, and marks another milestone in Britain’s clean energy transition.

“It’s a particularly proud moment for our connections and asset operations teams, whose work reinforcing our Creyke Beck substation to connect the wind farm’s green power to our network is a key part of this project’s success story.”

Dogger Bank is the latest major project we’ve connected to the grid in England and Wales.

Other recent connections include upgrades to our Killingholme substation in Lincolnshire to connect the Hornsea Two offshore wind farm to the grid – currently the largest operational wind farm in the world – and works to our Iron Acton substation near Bristol to plug in the UK’s first transmission-connected solar farm.

Find out more about projects we’ve recently plugged in on our connections pages