The world’s largest offshore wind farm is set to be built by DONG Energy, 75 miles off the Yorkshire coast. The giant wind farm will be capable of powering over one million homes in the United Kingdom and will underline DONG Energy’s positive impact on supporting the UK supply chain and creating employment opportunities.
DONG Energy, headquartered in Denmark, is one of the leading energy groups in Northern Europe and focuses on procuring, producing, distributing and trading in energy and related products. They are the sole owner of Hornsea Project One after acquiring a 66.66% ownership share of SMart Wind (wholly owned subsidiary of DONG Energy Power Limited) in February 2015. Siemens has been named as the preferred supplier for the wind turbines and the new Siemens turbine production facilities in Hull will support the project.
Expected the be fully commissioned in 2020, Hornsea Project One will mean secure and clean energy for the country whilst highlighting the vital role that offshore wind will play in the UK’s demand for new low-carbon energy. The project has the potential to generate work and financial security for working people and their families. It will create around 2000 jobs during its construction phase with up to 300 additional jobs supported directly and indirectly throughout its operational phase.
The colossal project will consist of 174 wind turbines (7 megawatt), each standing 190 metres tall – which is taller than the Gherkin building in London. The site will span a substantial area of approximately 407 square kilometres – over 5 times the size of the city of Hull, and will include the world’s longest electrical system of 560 miles of cable. This will take the clean electricity produced by the wind turbines and transmit it to shore to be fed into the national grid.