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Dong Energy to begin construction on Hornsea Project One offshore wind farm in UK

CTBR Staff Writer Published 04 February 2016

Dong Energy has made final investment decision to go ahead with the construction of 1.2GW Hornsea Project One offshore wind farm in the UK.

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The project is in line with the company's goal to install 6.5GW of offshore wind by the end of this decade.

Hornsea Project One, which is expected to start services in 2020, is part of the Hornsea Offshore Wind Farm zone that has a maximum capacity of 4GW.

Upon completion, the offshore wind farm will be the first in the world to have a capacity of more than 1GW, the company said.

The electricity generated at the facility will be enough to cater to the electricity needs of more than one million UK homes.

During the construction phase, the project will create close to 2,000 jobs, in addition to 300 jobs that are expected to be created for its operation, according to media sources.

Dong Energy UK country chairman Brent Cheshire said: "Our decision to construct this giant wind farm 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."

Located 120km off the Yorkshire coast, the project will employ Siemens 7.0MW wind turbine. It is expected to feature between 150 and 332 offshore wind turbines based on the size of the units selected.

The UK government granted a Final Investment Decision Enabling contract for the wind farm in April 2014. The project will also receive a fixed tariff for the first 15 years of production.


Image: Hornsea Project One is expected to start services in 2020. Photo: courtesy of the Crown Estate.