The world’s largest offshore windfarm, the 1800 MW Hornsea Project Two, has received development consent from the UK’s Business and Energy secretary Greg Clark.
The project would create up to 1960 construction jobs and 580 operational and maintenance jobs. If built to the full capacity, the investment would total around £6 billion, providing a great opportunity for economic growth in the Humber region and beyond.
Mr Clark commented “The UK’s offshore wind industry has grown at an extraordinary rate over the last few years, and is a fundamental part of our plans to build a clean, affordable, secure energy system. Britain is a global leader in offshore wind, and we’re determined to be one of the leading destinations for investment in renewable energy, which means jobs and economic growth right across the country. The UK government is making £730m of financial support available for renewable electricity generation in this parliament. We expect 10GW of offshore wind installed by the end of this decade and could see up to 10 GW of new offshore wind in the 2020s as costs come down.”
Located approximately 89 km off the Yorkshire coast, the windfarm will include  up to 300 wind turbines and will connect to the grid at North Killingholme in North Lincolnshire.
The Development Consent Order (DCO) was approved by Greg Clark MP at the recommendation of the Planning Inspectorate, and covers the entire project including the turbines, foundations, offshore and onshore substations, array cables and export cables.
Hornsea Project Two is being developed by SMartWind, which is owned by Danish company Dong Energy.