In August 2015, DONG Energy acquired the Hornsea Round 3 Offshore Wind Zone from SMart Wind Ltd (including the Smart Wind Company itself) and Hornsea Project Two, which was in Examination with the Planning Inspectorate.
SMart Wind Ltd (a 50/50 joint venture between Mainstream Renewable Power and Siemens Project Ventures GmbH) was awarded the 'Hornsea Zone' by the Crown Estate as part of the Offshore Wind Round 3 Tender Round in 2010. The zone lies between 31km and 190km off the Yorkshire coast. It covers an area of 4,735 km² with water depths predominantly spanning between 30 and 40m, with maximum depths of 70m.
Project Two is the second Project to be developed in the Hornsea Zone. Hornsea Project Two was granted consent by the Secretary of State for Energy on the 16th August 2016. Hornsea Project Two will consist of up to 300 turbines and is located approximately 89km off the Yorkshire coast. When complete, it will be able to meet the electricity needs of up to 1.6 million homes per year, and bring low carbon power to the UK and the opportunity for economic growth in the Humber region.
Hornsea Project Two will make an important contribution towards the UK goal for renewable electricity generation and to achieve the UK's energy security and carbon reduction objectives.
Hornsea Project Two is the continuation of DONG Energy’s strong commitment to the UK and further investment by DONG Energy in the UK offshore wind pipeline.
Hornsea Project Two could begin construction in 2017.
For more information on the other projects in the Hornsea area please use the links below:
Hornsea Project One
Hornsea Project Three