Hornsea Project Two, the world’s largest offshore wind farm, has been given the green light.
Business and energy secretary Greg Clark approved development consent for the project which is located approximately 89km off the Yorkshire coast. The decision was made on the merits of the scheme based on a report and recommendation from the Planning Inspectorate which was published today.
The wind farm will comprise up to 300 wind turbines and will connect to the grid at North Killingholme in North Lincolnshire. When complete, it will deliver up to 1,800MW of low carbon electricity to around 1.6M UK homes.
“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,” said Clark.
“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.”
The project is expected create up to 1,960 construction jobs and 580 operational and maintenance jobs.
If built to full capacity, the investment would total around £6bn.
“Development consent for Hornsea Project Two is very welcome. We have already invested £6bn in the UK, and Hornsea Two provides us with another exciting development opportunity in offshore wind,” said Dong Energy’s UK country chairman Brent Cheshire.
“Hornsea Project Two is a huge potential infrastructure project which could provide enough green energy to power 1.6M 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.”
Government is making £730M of financial support available for renewable electricity generation this Parliament. It expects 10GW of offshore wind to be installed by the end of this decade and could see up to 10GW of new offshore wind in the 2020s as costs come down.