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World’s Largest Offshore Wind Farm Given the Go-Ahead

Dong Energy have announced their final decision to invest in Hornsea Project One. Soon to be the world’s largest offshore wind farm.

Offshore

Offshore Wind Farms are a growing energy source around the UK.

Hornsea Project One will be roughly 75 miles from the Yorkshire coast line and will cover an area of nearly 160 square miles and consisting of around 170 Siemens manufactured 7MW turbines.

The Danish energy giant has stated that more than a million British homes will be powered by this 1.2GW wind farm when it is fully operational in 2020. This huge capacity is nearly double that of the Walney extension, which will be the nearest rival to Hornsea.

To make sure the project is completed on schedule Siemens have commissioned a blade factory in Hull creating nearly 1000 jobs, to be fully operational at the end of this year. This factory will produce the blades form start to finish and even includes its own roll on – roll off dock so the blades will not have to be transported any unnecessary distances, helping to reduce the carbon foot print of the entire process.

Henrik Poulsen, chief executive of Dong Energ

y, said: “We are excited about building this huge wind farm and pushing the boundaries of the offshore wind industry.

“Hornsea together with Race Bank, Westermost Rough and Lincs will make up a giant production area off the British east coast, supporting our efforts to deliver green and independent energy to society.”

Amber Rudd, UK Energy Secretary said: “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.”

Hornsea Project One was awarded a contract for difference by the government in April 2014, securing a guaranteed energy price for the first fifteen years of production.

Wind

Wind farms provide a clean constant source of energy.

Dong Energy already owns the rights to Hornsea Project Two and Three, and took control of One in February 2015 after purchasing a 66% stake from the consortium Smart Wind. The production for Hornsea Project Two and Three is estimated to be another 3GW of clean energy, making the total for Hornsea 4.2GW when all three sites are fully functional.