Dong Energy has given the green light for construction of what it claims will be the world’s largest offshore windfarm.
The power giant made a final investment decision on the Hornsea One development 120km off the coast of Grimsby in the North East.
The scheme was one of eight projects given controversial early contracts for difference in 2014.
With a capacity of 1.2GW, Hornsea One has the potential to power 1M UK homes and create 2,000 construction jobs. It is expected to be fully operational by 2020.
Dong Energy chief executive Henrik Poulsen said: “We are excited about building this huge wind farm and pushing the boundaries of the offshore wind industry.”
Energy secretary Amber Rudd said: “Dong Energy’s investment shows that we are open for business and is a vote of confidence in the UK and in our plan to tackle the legacy of under-investment and build an energy infrastructure fit for the 21st century.
“This project means secure, clean energy for the country; jobs and financial security for working people and their families; and more skills and growth boosting the Northern Powerhouse.”
Atkins last year secured contracts with Dong Energy for detailed engineering design of eight offshore substations linked to the Hornsea One scheme.