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Development consent for world’s largest offshore wind farm

Published: Thursday, 18th August 2016

300 turbine Hornsea Project Two scheme is granted development consent by the Business and Energy Secretary Greg Clark…

The development consent order for the world’s largest offshore windfarm, Hornsea Project Two, has been approved by Business and Energy Secretary Greg Clark.

The scheme will have a capacity of up to 1.8 gigawatts (GW) and will consist of up to 300 turbines. It could meet the electricity needs of approximately 1.6 million UK homes per year.

Hornsea Project Two, located 89 kilometres off the Yorkshire coast, is being developed by SMartWind, owned by DONG Energy. The turbines will connect to the grid at North Killingholme in North Lincolnshire.

The Order, recommended by the Planning Inspectorate, covered the entire project including the turbines, foundations, offshore and onshore substations, array cables and export cables.

The windfarm would create up to 1,960 construction jobs and 580 operational and maintenance jobs. If built to the full capacity, the investment would total around £6bn providing a significant opportunity for economic growth in the Humber region and beyond.

The decision letter said: “The Secretary of State considers that there is a compelling case for granting development consent, given the national need for the proposed development and that the potential adverse local impacts of the development do not outweigh the benefits of the scheme, as mitigated by the terms of the order.”

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Roger Milne