UK Govt. gives go-ahead for Dong Energy to build world’s largest offshore wind farm in N. Sea

Dong Energy Hornsea-1 offshore wind farm locationThe UK government has today granted planning approval for the world’s largest offshore wind turbine energy parc, which will be built about 60 miles off the east coast of England.

Dong Energy’s Hornsea-2 development will have a capacity of up to 1.8 gigawatts (GW) and will consist of up to 300 turbines. It could meet the electricity needs of approximately 1.6 million UK homes per year.

Greg Clark MP, British Business & Energy Minister, approved the recommendation of the Planning Inspectorate, which includes the entire project including the turbines, foundations, offshore and onshore substations, array cables and export cables.

Brent Cheshire, Chairman, DONG Energy UK, said: “Development consent for Hornsea-2 is very welcome. We have already invested £6 billion in the UK, and this project provides us with another exciting development opportunity in offshore wind.

“Hornsea-2 is a huge potential infrastructure project which will help efforts to continue reducing the cost of electricity from offshore wind and shows our commitment to investing in the UK.”

Hugh McNeal, Chief Executive, RenewableUK, commented: “Wind power is currently delivering over 12% of the UK’s electricity. This is expected to increase to 20% by 2020 with offshore wind alone providing 10%. 

“Offshore wind’s costs have also fallen dramatically in the past few years, and it is on course to become competitive with new nuclear and gas.”

The Danish company has already secured planning permission for the adjacent 1.2 GW Hornsea-1 development.

Together at 3-GW, the two wind energy parcs would have a similar capacity to the British government’s proposed new Hinkley C nuclear energy project.

The government said its next round of renewable funding will focus on offshore wind and has said around 10 GW of capacity could be installed by the end of the decade.

Business and Energy Secretary Greg Clark, said: “The UK’s offshore wind industry has grown at an extraordinary rate over the last few years, and is a fundamental part of our plans to build a clean, affordable, secure energy system.”

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