Friday 6 May 2016

Consultation on ‘world’s largest’ offshore wind farm begins

Consultation on ‘world’s largest’ offshore wind farm begins

A public consultation into plans for a third wind farm off the East Yorkshire coast has started.

Hornsea Project Three, with a total capacity of 2.4GW, would be the world’s largest offshore wind farm if granted permission and built, according to developer DONG Energy.

It would be capable of powering more than two million homes.

A final investment decision for the 1.2GW Hornsea Project One, which will be the world’s largest once completed in 2020, was made earlier this year.

Hornsea Project Two recently completed the examination phase of the application for consent and awaits a decision from the government.

Brent Cheshire, DONG Energy UK's Country Chairman said: "Hornsea Project Three is a huge infrastructure project which, if built out to full capacity, would be the world's largest offshore wind farm and potentially twice the size of Hornsea Project One.

"Moving forward with consultation for Hornsea Project Three really underlines our commitment to the UK offshore wind industry. We have already invested around £5 billion in the UK on offshore wind and we have a number of important future projects under construction and in our pipeline."

The project is now seeking to enter the planning process, with a consent application expected to be submitted in 2018.

If successful, construction will take place between 2022 and 2025.

Written by

Bruna Pinhoni

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