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Go-ahead decision for world's largest wind farm off the UK

Go-ahead decision for world's largest wind farm off the UK
The offshore wind sector has received a major boost with Dong Energy’s announcement yesterday that it is to proceed with plans to construct the world’s largest wind farm, the Hornsea Project One, to be built 75 miles off the coast of Yorkshire, UK.

A final investment decision has been made, reports Dong, and contracts for the 174 turbines, each 623 ft tall, have been agreed with Siemens, which is in the process of building a new turbine manufacturing facility at the nearby port of Hull in Yorkshire

The project will have a capacity of 1.2 GW - making it the world’s first offshore wind farm to exceed 1,000 MW -  with electricity generation due to begin in 2019. The wind farm is expected to be fully commissioned in 2020, and will receive a fixed tariff from the UK Government for the first 15 years of production.

"Hornsea Project One is a world-leading infrastructure project,” said Brent Cheshire, chairman of Dong Energy UK. "To have the world's biggest ever offshore wind farm located off the Yorkshire coast is hugely significant, and highlights the vital role offshore wind will play in the UK's need for new low-carbon energy."


Artist's impression of Siemens' new facility at Green Port Hull