DONG Energy informed that it has secured a contract to build its Hornsea Project Two offshore wind farm, claimed as the world’s biggest wind farm, 89 kilometres off the Yorkshire coast.
With a massive capacity of 1,386MW, enough to power over 1.3 million UK homes, Hornsea Project Two surpasses the 1,200MW giant Hornsea Project One which DONG Energy is currently constructing. Hornsea Project Two is expected to be operational from 2022.
Samuel Leupold, Executive Vice President and CEO of Wind Power at DONG Energy, said:
“We have always promoted size as a key driver for cost. The ideal size of an offshore wind farm is 800-1,500MW, and therefore it is natural that Hornsea Project Two will deliver record-low costs to society. At the same time, the low strike price demonstrates the cost saving potential of developer-built offshore grid connections, which in the UK is included in the project scope.”
Matthew Wright, Managing Director for DONG Energy UK, stated:
“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.