Renewables giant and market leader DONG Energy has announced its Final Investment Decision to construct the world’s largest, and first ever gigawatt capacity, offshore wind farm: Hornsea Project One. The wind farm will generate enough renewable energy to meet the needs of over 1 million UK homes and is scheduled to commence operation in 2020.
RPS has provided coordinated offshore and onshore lead EIA and infrastructure planning services including landfall and alternatives assessments, impact assessments, the production of the Environmental Statement technical reporting and stakeholder consultation on the content. Provision of the comprehensive range of specialist environmental advice continued throughout the pre-application development phase and post-application examination phase. The 1.2 GW project, 120 km from the Yorkshire coast, will be built using 7.0 MW turbines and will cover an area of approximately 407 km².
Hornsea Project One will contribute to DONG Energy realising its strategic target to install 6.5 GW of offshore wind by 2020. Sole owner DONG Energy was awarded a Final Investment Decision Enabling Contract by the UK Government for Hornsea Project One in April 2014 with a fixed 15 year tariff. Development Consent for the project was granted in December 2014.
Alun Williams, Director of Offshore Renewables at RPS Energy said: ‘DONG Energy’s investment decision to build Hornsea Project One is great news for the offshore wind industry and we are proud to have taken a leading role in supporting the development of what will be, on completion, the world’s first offshore wind farm to exceed 1,000 MW in capacity’.
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As an original project partner for Hornsea Project One DONG Energy acquired the remaining 66.66% ownership of Hornsea Projects One in February 2015. DONG Energy acquired the remaining Hornsea Zone from SMart Wind – a joint venture between Mainstream Renewable Power and Siemens Financial Services – in August 2015.