The UK offers a huge amount of offshore wind power, so it's no wonder the British are going to use the winds to build a giant wind power farm.
After taking a final investment decision last week, the mammoth Hornsea Project One offshore wind farm will be built by DONG Energy, having a B2B gas sales business in the UK and are the second largest supplier of gas to the industrial and commercial sector. DONG Energy's long-term plans include committing their business to offshore wind power and oil and gas exploration and production.
With a capacity of 1.2 gigawatts (GW), Hornsea Project One will be the world's first offshore wind farm to exceed 1 GW in capacity and will become the world's largest offshore wind farm. The Project will secure the powering of well over 1 million UK homes, located 120 kilometres off the Yorkshire coast.
In a press release, Brent Cheshire, DONG Energy UK's Country Chairman, stated: "We are making a major financial investment to construct this giant wind farm and this underlines our commitment to the UK market. Hornsea Project One will support the supply chain and help create local jobs. To have the world's biggest ever offshore wind farm located off the Yorkshire coast is hugely significant, and highlights the vital role offshore wind will play in the UK's need for new low-carbon energy." Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Amber Rudd added that "this project means secure, clean energy for the country, jobs and financial security for working people and their families, and more skills and growth boosting the Northern Powerhouse". Indeed, the project is said to have the potential to create around 2,000 jobs during its construction phase with up to 300 additional jobs throughout its operational phase.
According to DONG Energy, Hornsea Project One will span a huge area of approximately 407 square kilometres. The offshore wind farm will use 7 megawatt (MW) wind turbines supplied by Siemens, with each one 190 metres tall.
With the wind farm, DONG Energy will construct the longest ever offshore wind farm high voltage AC electrical system in the world (using more than 900 kilometres of cables) that will use the clean electricity produced by the wind turbines, transmit it to shore and then feed it into the national grid.