Phase 2 of the biggest offshore windfarm globally gets go-ahead
Published: 16 Aug 2016 By Grace Kimberley
Hornsea Project Two is planning to be the world’s largest offshore windfarm off the Yorkshire coast, now that the area is to span five time the length of Hull once given the go-ahead by ministers. Once complete this plant would uphold 300 turbines which would all be taller than The Gherkin AKA 30 St Mary Axe, which is 180 metres tall.
The project is led by Danish utility giant Dong Energy, who is expected to produce 1,800MW of low-CO2 electricity to 1.8m UK homes. It will be located 55 miles off the coast of Grimsby, which is far out in the North Sea. This expansion would contribute largely to the UK’s offshore wind industry, increasing optimism around the possibility of a renewable future for the UK.
Dong Energy are yet to make a final investment decision on the project and could eventually take up to two years before being fully signed off. What with the recent government speculation about Hinkley over the course of the last year, it’s easy to imagine just how long Dong could be waiting for the green light.
“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.” said Greg Clark, UK business and energy secretary.
“Britain is a global leader in offshore wind, and we are determined to be one of the leading destinations for investment in renewable energy, which means jobs and economic growth right across the country.”
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