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Hornsea Project One offshore wind farm set to be built

Words: Laura Edgar

DONG Energy has confirmed a positive final investment decision for the “world’s biggest” offshore wind farm off the coast of Grimsby.

Hornsea Project One has the potential to support 2,000 jobs during its construction and a further 300 jobs could be supported throughout the wind farm’s 20 to 25 year operational phase.

Brent Cheshire, DONG Energy UK's country chairman, said: "We are making a major financial investment to construct this giant wind farm and this underlines our commitment to the UK market. Hornsea Project One will support the supply chain and help create local jobs. To have the world's biggest ever offshore wind farm located off the Yorkshire coast is hugely significant, and highlights the vital role offshore wind will play in the UK's need for new low-carbon energy."

The wind farm will be located 75 miles off the Yorkshire coast and, according to DONG Energy, will have a capacity of 1.2 gigawatts and be able to power over one million homes.

The offshire wind farm will use 7 megawatt turbines, each one 190 metres tall.

A Siemans blade factory in Hull, which is due to be built by the end of 2016, will support the project.

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.”

As part of the project, DONG Energy will construct the “longest ever” offshore wind farm high voltage AC electrical system in the world. It will take the clean electricity, transmit it to shore and feed it into the national grid.

RenewableUK’s deputy chief executive, Maf Smith, said the investment in the wind farm is an “important” step in making the project a reality. “It signals the start of creating a new landmark in the North Sea.”

Smith continued: “Its size is guaranteed to bring a multitude of benefits to the UK, in particular, a huge amount of inward investment and the creation of local jobs on the east coast of England. This offshore wind farm will play an important part in meeting our Paris climate commitments, but will also help create the new energy infrastructure this country desperately needs”.

Hornsea Project One is expected to be fully operational in 2020.

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