Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Amber Rudd today welcomed the news that DONG Energy will build the giant Hornsea Project One offshore wind farm, capable of powering well over 1 million UK homes.
With a capacity of 1.2 gigawatts (GW), Hornsea Project One will be the world's first offshore wind farm to exceed 1 GW in capacity and underlines DONG Energy's commitment to the UK market.
Amber Rudd said:
"Thanks to Government support the UK is the world leader in offshore wind energy and this success story is going from strength to strength. DONG Energy's investment shows that we are open for business and is a vote of confidence in the UK and in our plan to tackle the legacy of under-investment and build an energy infrastructure fit for the 21st century.
"This project means secure, clean energy for the country, jobs and financial security for working people and their families, and more skills and growth boosting the Northern Powerhouse".
Hornsea Project One will be located 120 kilometres off the Yorkshire coast – further than the distance from Leeds to Liverpool.
DONG Energy is the sole owner of Hornsea Project One after acquiring the 66.66% ownership share of SMart Wind in February 2015. DONG Energy also has the project rights to Hornsea Project Two and Hornsea Project Three, which have the potential of 3 GW of offshore wind power capacity in total.
Hornsea Project One is expected to be fully commissioned in 2020.