Dong Energy Hornsea Project Two bid is in

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 17 Aug 2017

DONG Energy has confirmed it has entered Hornsea Project Two into the Government’s latest subsidy auction.

The 1.8GW project, which will sit alongside its forerunner Hornsea Project One – now in construction, and set to be the world’s largest offshore wind farm – will be operated and maintained from Grimsby once again.

It is at a scale that is almost double the current installed capacity controlled from the port, and will be able to meet the electricity needs of up to 1.6 million homes annually.

The Danish giant acquired the farm from development consortium Smart Wind in August 2015, while it was in the examination phase with the Planning Inspectorate.

It was granted consent by the Secretary of State for Energy a year later, and now – a year on again – it is applying for what is known as a Contract for Difference.

The project will feature up to 300 turbines, and should immediately follow Hornsea One. Power will come ashore alongside that from Project One, skirting North East Lincolnshire from Horseshoe Point to the new £25 million substation being built at North Killingholme.

Hornsea Project Three is also being worked up, with consultation taking place in Norfolk, where the power from that is planned to come ashore.

The intention to submit was finally revealed last week, as reported, as the company announced it was raising its earnings expectations for 2017.

It will be the fourth Dong farm off the Humber, with Westermost Rough operational and Race Bank more than 70 per cent complete.

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