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World's largest offshore wind farm given go-ahead in North Sea

19 February 2016

DONG Energy has announced it will proceed with the Hornsea Project One offshore wind farm off the Yorkshire coast. The 1.2GW project will be the biggest in the world, supplying energy to well over a million homes in the UK, according to the company, and is expected to be fully commissioned by 2020.

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Hornsea Project One will be located around 120km off the Yorkshire coast, and span more than 407km square. Its construction is expected to create 2,000 jobs, with a further 300 ongoing maintenance roles once the site is up and running.

Brent Cheshire, chairman of DONG Energy UK, said the scheme will provide a boost to the local economy and strengthen the UK's offshore wind supply chain.

"This is a historic milestone for Hornsea Project One as we are now making a firm and final commitment to invest fully in the project. Almost a decade on from initial planning, and following years of vital development work from a number of different companies in the supply chain, we are now ready to build the world's largest offshore wind farm," he said in a statement.

The wind farm will use Siemen's 190-metre, 7MW offshore turbines to generate electricity, which will be brought to shore using more than 900km of cabling. The German company’s factory in Hull is expected to be involved in the construction programme.

Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Amber Rudd welcomed the announcement, declaring the investment a "vote of confidence" in the UK's plans "to 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," she added.

DONG Energy also has the project rights to Hornsea Project Two and Hornsea Project Three, which have a further 3GW of capacity potential. Last month the firm confirmed plans to invest a further £6bn over the next four years developing wind farms in the UK - a figure which includes investment in the Hornsea development.

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