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World's largest offshore wind farm gets green light

The world's largest offshore wind farm will be built off the East Yorkshire coast Credit: Press Association

An energy company has announced that the world's largest offshore wind farm will be built off the coast of East Yorkshire after taking a final investment decision today.

DONG Energy say the Hornsea Project One offshore wind farm will be capable of powering well over 1 million UK homes.

With a capacity of 1.2 gigawatts (GW), Hornsea Project One will be the world’s first offshore wind farm to exceed 1 GW in capacity and will become – by a considerable margin – the world’s largest offshore wind farm.

Hornsea Project One is a world-leading infrastructure project being built right here in the UK. It is ground-breaking and innovative, powering more homes than any offshore wind farm currently in operation.

We are making a major financial investment to construct this giant wind farm and this underlines our commitment to the UK market. Hornsea Project One will support the supply chain and help create local jobs. To have the world’s biggest ever offshore wind farm located off the Yorkshire coast is hugely significant, and highlights the vital role offshore wind will play in the UK’s need for new low-carbon energy

– Brent Cheshire, DONG Energy
The new project is expected to create 2,300 jobs Credit: Press Association

The wind farm will be located 120 kilometres off the Yorkshire coast, and will span an area of approximately 407 square kilometres - over five times the size of the city of Hull.

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.

– Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Amber Rudd
The wind farm will be five times larger than Hull Credit: DONG Energy

The project could potentially create around 2,000 jobs during construction, with up to 300 additional jobs supported directly and indirectly throughout its operational phase.

Siemens has been named as the project's preferred supplier, and the new Siemens turbine production facilities in Hull will support the project