DONG Energy, headquartered in Denmark, has been awarded a contract to build the Hornsea Project Two offshore wind farm which, when completed, will become the world’s biggest wind farm, even surpassing the 1,200MW Hornsea Project One which DONG Energy is currently constructing.
Hornsea Project Two will have a capacity of 1,386MW, enough to power over 1.3 million UK homes. It will be built 55 miles from the Yorkshire coast and is expected to be operational beginning in 2022.
The project will contribute significantly to DONG Energy’s goal of reaching a total offshore wind capacity of 11-12GW by 2025.
The project is expected to support up to 2,000 jobs during its construction phase with up to a further 130 permanent jobs for the operational phase of 25 years.
It will be operated from DONG Energy’s new operations hub in Grimsby which will be the largest facility of its kind in the UK when built.
Samuel Leupold, Executive Vice President and CEO of Wind Power at DONG Energy, stated, “We’re delighted to be awarded a Contract for Difference for Hornsea Project Two, which is another important step towards fulfilling our vision of making offshore wind the most competitive form of electricity generation. We remain fully committed to financial discipline, and Hornsea Project Two will be value creating to our investors.”
Matthew Wright, Managing Director for DONG Energy UK, said, “This is a breakthrough moment for offshore wind in the UK and a massive step forward for the industry. Not only will Hornsea Project Two provide low cost, clean energy to the UK, it will also deliver high quality jobs and another huge boost to the UK supply chain.”
DONG Energy is already constructing Hornsea Project One and has started the consultation process for Hornsea Project Three, underlining the huge potential of this area of the North Sea for offshore wind.