The consortium SMart Wind has welcomed the decision by the Secretary of State to grant development consent for Hornsea Project One.
The project is scheduled to commence operation by 2020 when it will become the world’s first gigawatt scale far from shore wind farm.
The DCO covers the entire project, including the turbines, offshore and onshore substations, array cables and export cable.
Project One is located 120km off the Yorkshire coast and covers approximately 407 square kilometres, when completed, Project One will be able to meet the electricity needs of around 800,000 UK homes.
Hornsea Project One is being developed by SMartWind – a consortium of Mainstream Renewable Power and Siemens Financial Services – and DONG Energy. Hornsea Project One is one of three projects for which DONG Energy was awarded Financial Investment Decision Enabling Contracts for Difference by the Government in April 2014.
Siemens acts as financing and technology partner in the joint venture.
The company recently announced its intention to invest in wind turbine production facilities in Hull that could also produce the Hornsea turbines.
The Hornsea Project One will support the UK in its endeavours to pursue its environmental objectives and to satisfy a quarter of its electricity needs from renewable energy sources by 2020. Siemens’ equity participation underpins its long-term commitment to the project and the region overall.
It's hoped a giant wind farm off the east coast could be the catalyst that leads to the go-ahead of a turbine factory in Hull. Dong Energy has ordered its turbines from Siemens, who want to build them on land at the city's docks.
DONG Energy is to build a windfarm 8km off the Yorkshire coast east of Hull. The Westermost Rough wind farm will supply enough power for over 200,000 households. Construction will begin in the first half of 2014 and is expected to be completed by the first half of 2015.