DONG Energy has today (4th February 2015) acquired the remaining 66.66% in the UK offshore wind development Hornsea Project One, taking full control of the project. Hornsea Project One has a total capacity of up to 1.2GW, which will make it the world’s largest offshore wind farm once completed.
Hornsea Project One is located 120km off the Yorkshire coast and covers approximately 407 square kilometres. When completed, Hornsea Project One will be able to meet the electricity needs of around 800,000 UK homes.
DONG Energy entered into a joint venture for Hornsea Project One with SMart Wind in December 2011, with an option to acquire the remaining 66.66% when the development project received consent from the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change. Consent was granted in December 2014 and DONG Energy, having exercised its option, has now become the sole owner of the project.
SMart Wind, a 50/50 joint venture between Mainstream Renewable Power and Siemens Financial Services, will continue to develop the remainder of the Hornsea Zone and has recently submitted Project Two to the Planning Inspectorate.
Samuel Leupold, Executive Vice President of DONG Energy Wind Power, said:
“The size and location of Hornsea Project One makes it the world’s first offshore wind farm with a capacity of more than 1GW located far from shore, and it brings some great opportunities for us and the supply chain to take advantage of economies of scale and further drive down the cost of electricity.”
Samuel Leupold said: “We will now continue on our own to develop the project towards a final investment decision. The size of the project and the excellent wind conditions at site together with our strong focus on cost will make Hornsea One an important milestone towards the 100 Euro/MWh target. While the project is huge in size, it can be realized with technology which DONG Energy masters, though no one else has ever built offshore wind in that scale so far from the coast.”
Huub den Rooijen, Head of Offshore Wind at The Crown Estate, said:
“Due to their sheer size, gigawatt-scale wind farms like Hornsea Project One provide an irresistible opportunity to drive down costs and to develop efficient local supply chains. We look forward to working with the industry on this and other developments to ensure the UK remains the most attractive country to invest.”
Hornsea Project One is one of the three projects for which DONG Energy was awarded Final Investment Decision Enabling contracts (Contract for Difference) by the UK Government in April last year. With the Contract for Difference, DONG Energy will receive a fixed price per MWh of electricity produced for the first 15 years of operation following which DONG Energy will receive the market price. Hornsea Project One is expected to enter into commercial operation around 2020, provided that a final investment decision is taken.