The world’s largest wind farm has been given government approval. The Business and Energy Secretary, Greg Clark, granted planning consent for the Hornsea Two offshore wind farm, which will be situated off the coast of Yorkshire.
An application to gain consent for the building of the windfarm was made in January 2015. The development consent order was recently approved by the Energy Secretary and gives permission for all aspects of the project. Once complete, Hornsea Two will have more than 300 wind turbines and create 1800 MW of electricity
Greg Clark said the project was “fundamental” to the government’s commitment to an affordable and secure energy system.
Commenting on the announcement, Brent Cheshire, County Chairman for DONG Energy UK, stated:
"Development consent for Hornsea Project Two is very welcome. We have already invested £6 billion in the UK, and Hornsea Project Two provides us with another exciting development opportunity in offshore wind.
"Hornsea Project Two is a huge potential infrastructure project which could provide enough green energy to power 1.6 million UK homes. A project of this size will help in our efforts to continue reducing the cost of electricity from offshore wind and shows our commitment to investing in the UK."
Hornsea One and Three
Dong Energy has already secured the project rights for Hornsea One and for Hornsea Project Three.
Hornsea One, which will have the capacity to fuel up to 1 million homes, is scheduled to be in use by 2020. Up to 240 wind turbines will make up the wind farm and construction began in 2016. In 2018, work is expected to start on the offshore construction.
For Hornsea Three, Dong Energy expect to apply for planning consent in 2018 with construction work beginning some years after if it gets approval.
When Hornsea Three is built, it will be the largest wind farm yet, with the capacity to power 2 million homes and producing 2.4 gigawatts of energy.
DONG Energy’s commitment to green energy
The Danish-based energy firm is already responsible for the operation of six wind farms in the United Kingdom. It has pledged billions in investment towards green energy in the UK and there are plans to build several more windfarms in the coming years.
The North of England is set to benefit from £5.4 billion of investment into windfarms by 2019. This will result in four more windfarms for the North, including one at Burbo Bank and another in Barrow.