Hornsea Four DCO Delayed

In: Windfarms
Ørsted has decided to extend the Development Consent Order (DCO) application submission to Q3 2021 for the Hornsea Four offshore wind farm.

According to the Danish Developer "this extension will ensure that our application is as robust as possible and will allow us to continue engagement with key stakeholders, such as Natural England, and to ensure the local community are kept up to date with our onshore proposals. We will also be continuing to engage with parish councils and key representatives by holding additional briefing sessions later this year."

Ørsted originally planned to submit its application last year but has repeatedly pushed back its schedule due to ongoing derogation discussions associated with potential impacts to wildlife. The Planning Inspectorate now expect to receive Ørsted's application in September 2021.

This follows a decision by the Secretary of State’s (SoS) regarding the Consent Decision for Hornsea Three, which was approved in December 2020. The SoS indicated that all future projects with the potential for adverse effects on the integrity of designated sites/and or species need to consider compensation measures during the pre-application period.

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

"We are now exploring the possibility of creating or improving nesting habitats for seabirds and habitats for prey species, looking at pressures on seabirds such as predators and human impacts such as bycatch."

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 team is exploring an offshore area of up to 492 km2. 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.

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