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Located off the Yorkshire coast, Hornsea Project One will span a huge area of approximately 407 square kilometres, which is over five times the size of the city of Hull. The offshore wind farm will use 7 megawatt (MW) wind turbines, with each one 190 metres tall – larger than the Gherkin building in London.
In December 2011 DONG Energy acquired a 33.3% stake in the first two offshore wind projects (Project One) in the Hornsea zone from SMart Wind. The wind projects, Heron Wind Ltd and Njord Ltd., have a potential total capacity of up to 1.2GW.
DONG Energy took over full ownership of Project One on 4 February 2015 following years of development alongside SMart Wind and will develop the project through into construction and operation.
Hornsea Project One was one of the three projects for which DONG Energy was awarded Final Investment Decision Enabling contracts (Contract for Difference) by the UK Government in April 2014. Under this CfD the business will receive a fixed price per MWh of electricity produced by the wind farm for the first 15 years of operation following which DONG Energy will receive the market price.
Hornsea Project One was awarded a Final Investment Decision Enabling contract (Contract for Difference) by the UK Government in April 2014. Under this CfD the business will receive a fixed price per MWh of electricity produced by the wind farm for the first 15 years of operation following which SMart Wind and DONG Energy will receive the market price.
Project One will consist of up to 174 wind turbines (each 7MW) and will be located 120km off the Yorkshire coast, covering approximately 407 square kilometres.
Onshore construction of the project started in early 2016 with offshore construction due to begin in 2018.
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Once completed, the project will become the world's first gigawatt scale wind farm, far from shore. Scheduled to commence operation by 2020, the wind farm will have the capacity to supply over 1 million UK homes with electricity.
This is a significant milestone on the path towards the Government's pledge to meet 15% of the UK's energy demand from renewable sources by 2020, and to achieve the UK's energy security and carbon reduction objectives.