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The world’s largest offshore wind farm approved for development

by Paul Addison on August 31, 2016 No comments

Greg Clark (the Business and Energy Secretary) has granted development consent for a two scheme 300 turbine Hornsea Project.

The windfarm scheme will:

  • Have a capacity of up to 1.8 gigawatts (GW).
  • Consist of up to 300 turbines, that will connect to the grin at North Killingholme (in North Lincolnshire).
  • Per year, has the potential to meet the electrical needs of around 1.6 million homes in the UK.
  • Create up to 1,960 construction jobs.
  • Create 580 operational and maintenance jobs.
  • The investment would be roughly £6bn if the windfarm is developed to its full ability.
  • This will provide substantial opportunities for economic growth in the area.

The development is roughly 89 kilometers off the Yorkshire coast and is being developed by SMartWind, which is owned by DONG Energy.

The Order, recommended by the Planning Inspectorate, covered the entire project including:

  • The turbines,
  • Foundations,
  • Offshore and onshore substations,
  • Array cables,
  • Export cables.

The decision letter said the following:

“The Secretary of State considers that there is a compelling case for granting development consent, given the national need for the proposed development and that the potential adverse local impacts of the development do not outweigh the benefits of the scheme, as mitigated by the terms of the order.”

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