DONG Energy today (10 December) welcomed the decision of the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change to grant development consent for the Hornsea Project One offshore wind farm.
Benj Sykes, DONG Energy Vice President of UK Wind Power, said: "Development consent for Hornsea Project One is very welcome. This is an exciting project that will be a world first in terms of its size and location, and it has the potential to power up to 800,000 UK homes. Development consent has recently been granted for our Burbo Bank Extension and Walney Extension wind farms as well, underlining that DONG Energy has real commitment to investing in the UK with a strong pipeline of future projects."
Hornsea Project One is located 120km off the Yorkshire coast and covers approximately 407 square kilometres. The project is scheduled to commence operation by 2020 when it would become the world's first gigawatt scale far from shore wind farm.
Hornsea Project One is being developed by SMartWind - a consortium of Mainstream Renewable Power and Siemens Financial Services - and DONG Energy. Hornsea Project One was one of three DONG Energy projects awarded a FID-enabling Contract for Difference in April 2014.