DONG Energy has reached an agreement with The Crown Estate to reconfigure the Hornsea zone as part of the Round 3 offshore wind development zones.
Last year, DONG Energy acquired the Hornsea zone and the project rights to Hornsea Project Two and Three, which have the potential of 3 GW of offshore
Following its acquisition of the remainder of the Hornsea zone from Mainstream Renewable Power and Siemens Financial Services in 2015, DONG Energy has concluded its zone appraisal process. This resulted in project-specific agreements for an agreed upon lease for three projects: Hornsea Project Two, Hornsea Project Three, and Hornsea Project Four.
The previously identified Hornsea Project Three has now been split into two separate projects including Hornsea Project Three (to the east of Project Two) and Hornsea Project Four (to the west of Project Two).
This follows DONG Energy’s recent announcement that it will build the 1.2 GW Hornsea Project One, which will be capable of powering well over one million UK homes.
“We are very pleased to have reached this agreement with The Crown Estate for the Hornsea projects, which highlights once again our absolute commitment to the UK offshore wind market,” said Brent Cheshire, DONG Energy’s UK Country Chairman. “Having just confirmed that we are building Hornsea Project One – the world’s biggest offshore wind farm – we see these projects as a vital part of our post-2020 pipeline.”
Hornsea Project Two has already been identified as having a capacity of up to 1.8 GW. A planning consent decision for Hornsea Project Two is expected later this year.
Hornsea Project Three, which will shortly be taken forward to external consultation, is estimated to have the potential for 1-2 GW capacity. Hornsea Project Four could add around a further 1 GW.