Green light for UK’s £6bn offshore wind farm project

WCN Editorial Team 18 Aug 2016 EUROPE ENERGY & UTILITIES

British business and energy secretary Greg Clark has given development consent to an offshore wind farm project in the UK.

The £6bn Hornsea Project Two, to be located at about 89km off the Yorkshire coast, is owned by Dong Energy and developed by Dong’s subsidary SMartWind.

The wind farm — expected to be the world's largest when completed — will feature up to 300 wind turbines and will connect to the grid at North Killingholme in North Lincolnshire.

It will have a generation capacity of up to 1.8GW of low carbon electricity, sufficient to power almost 1.8M UK households.

Dong Energy UK country chairman Brent Cheshire said: "Development consent for Hornsea Project Two is very welcome. We have already invested £6bn in the UK, and Hornsea Project Two provides us with another exciting development opportunity in offshore wind.”

“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.”

The project will create up to 1,960 construction jobs along with 580 operational and maintenance jobs.

Business and energy secretary Greg Clark said: “Britain is a global leader in offshore wind, and we’re determined to be one of the leading destinations for investment in renewable energy, which means jobs and economic growth right across the country.”

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