Orsted (formerly DONG Energy) has secured a Contract for Difference to build Hornsea Project 2 at the UK’s lowest-ever price for offshore wind. Hornsea Project 2 is set to be the world’s largest wind farm with a 1386MW capacity, 89km from the Yorkshire coast and capable of powering more than 1.3m UK homes. It is set to provide up to 2000 jobs during construction phase, and up to 130 permanent posts once operational from 2022. A combination of scale economy, proven high quality experience and ongoing investment in renewables innovation ensured the success of the bid.
Orsted UK Managing Director Matthew Wright announced the contract award saying ““This is a breakthrough moment for offshore wind in the UK and a massive step forward for the industry. Not only will Hornsea Project Two provide low cost, clean energy to the UK, it will also deliver high quality jobs and another huge boost to the UK supply chain.”
“Successive governments deserve great credit for providing the certainty for continued investment in offshore wind, enabling it to become the thriving renewable industry it is today. Costs are falling rapidly, long-term and highly-skilled jobs are being created across the North of England and the UK supply chain is going from strength to strength. We’re now really seeing the benefits of this commitment to offshore wind and there is still so much more to come. Indeed, it has the potential to play a key part in the realisation of the UK’s industrial strategy.”
Development Consent for Hornsea Project Two was granted on 16th August 2016 with RPS leading the offshore and onshore EIA to support the application comprising a range of marine and terrestrial, human, biological and physical environment specialist topics. RPS’ services included infrastructure planning services, public and stakeholder consultation, and completion of the Preliminary Environmental Information Report (PEIR), Draft Environmental Assessment and Final Environmental Statement. RPS further provided client services including expert witnesses for the Examination.