Ørsted submits DCO application for Hornsea Four

4C Offshore | Tom Russell
By: 19/10/2021 Ørsted
Ørsted submitted its DCO application for the Hornsea Four offshore wind farm on 29 September 2021 to the Planning Inspectorate.

Ørsted stated it has received a considerable amount of feedback throughout its pre-application consultation, including comments as part of its formal phase two consultation (in August-September 2019), three additional rounds of targeted consultation, one round of non-statutory targeted consultation and ongoing feedback from landowners, statutory consultees, and other interested parties. 

The company stated it aimed to ensure its final proposal responds to the concerns and wishes of the local community, statutory consultees and stakeholders with an interest in the development of te project. 

The Hornsea Four Development Consent Order (DCO) Application include a Proportionate Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and associated annexes, a Consultation Report and a Derogation case with compensation measures.

As the first UK offshore wind farm project to submit a Derogation Case alongside it's DCO, developers assessed examine the potential impacts on three bird species off the Flamborough and Filey Cost (FFC) Special Protection Area (SPA): Kittiwake, Razorbill and Guillemot. It is also are looking at compensation measures for reducing anthropogenic and natural pressures.

Hornsea Four is Ørsted’s fourth project in the former Hornsea Zone and located 65km (at its closest point) off the Yorkshire Coast. The project could feature up to 180 wind turbines and provide enough power to meet the average daily need of well over 1 million UK homes.

It is currently constructing the Hornsea Two will consist of 165 Siemens Gamesa 8 MW SG 8.0-167 DD turbines and be able to generate 1.4 GW of energy. Located 89 km off the Yorkshire coast, Ørsted’s Hornsea Two project will surpass its predecessor, Hornsea One, and become the world's largest offshore wind farm once complete in 2022. Installation is expected to reach completion expected mid-2022.

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