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UK approves 1.2GW Hornsea Project One offshore wind farm

CTBR Staff Writer Published 11 December 2014

The UK Government has approved the 1.2GW Hornsea Project One, which covers a 407km area located 64 miles off the coast of Yorkshire.

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The project is being developed by SMartWind, a consortium of Mainstream Renewable Power and Siemens Financial Services, and Dong Energy.

Hornsea Project One will feature three offshore wind farms, which will generate enough energy for over 800,000 homes.

The project is expected to feature between 150 and 332 offshore wind turbines based on the size of the units selected.

The development was one of eight renewable energy projects awarded an early Contract for Difference in April 2014.

Siemens is acting as financing and technology partner in the joint venture and the company has recently unveiled its plan to invest in wind turbine production facilities in Hull that may also manufacture the Hornsea turbines.

UK Energy and Climate Change Secretary Ed Davey said: "With around 2,500 local green jobs on the horizon, this is another great boost for Yorkshire and Lincolnshire.

"Making the most of Britain's home grown energy is crucial to creating job and business opportunities in the UK, getting the best deal for consumers and reducing our reliance on foreign imports. Wind power is vital to this plan, with £14.5 billion invested since 2010 into an industry which supports 35,400 jobs."

Hornsea Project One is part of the Hornsea Offshore Wind Farm zone, which has a maximum capacity of 4GW.

The zone is one of the Crown Estate's Round 3 offshore wind programme.

Image: Hornsea Project One will feature three offshore wind farms, which will generate enough energy for over 800,000 homes. Photo: Courtesy of xedos4/FreeDigitalPhotos.net.