Hornsea Three decision delayed again

In: Windfarms

The UK Secretary of State for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy has delayed its decision for Ørsted's development consent application for the
Hornsea Three offshore wind farm.

Hornsea Three is to be located in the North Sea off the coast of North Norfolk. The project is currently poised to have a maximum capacity of 2.4 GW and, if approved, it will be the world's largest offshore wind farm, featuring up to 300 wind turbines. It is expected to power approximately 2 million UK homes.

Originally expected in June, this is the second time the a decision on the development has been delayed. The new deadline for the Secretary of State's decision has been scheduled for 31 December 2020.

The Secretary of State outlined that it is is minded to approve this application subject to further information from the applicant and Interested Parties on a number of specific issues.

This includes the provision of a detailed Compensation Plan which gives confidence that any compensatory measures proposed will be sufficient to offset the impact to the kittiwake feature of the Flamborough and Filey Coast Special Protection Areas (SPA). In the light of the information provided and any necessary consultation on that information, the Secretary of State will then make decision on the application.

Despite further delays, Ørsted is confident that it will secure consent for the 2.4 GW offshore wind development. A spokesperson for the company issued the following statement: "We are pleased that the Secretary of State is minded to grant consent and recognises the contribution the project would make towards the national need for renewable energy. We are now reviewing the full detail of his comments and while disappointed at the further delay, are confident of providing the evidence requested to ensure that consent will be granted later this year. We will continue to work closely with stakeholders and local communities as we look to take the project forward sensitively and sustainably.

"Climate change is a defining challenge of our time and there is an ever pressing need to act. Hornsea Three is a major infrastructure project which responds directly to the urgent need for low-carbon generation at scale in the UK and can contribute to a green economic recovery. Once complete, the project will be capable of providing clean electricity to more than two million UK households, offsetting over 128 million tons of carbon dioxide over its lifetime. We'd like to thank everyone involved in the project to date and for all the feedback and comments we have received that have helped shape our proposals."  

The announcement was made an the same time the UK's Secretary of State awarded development consent for Vattenfall's application to build the
Norfolk Vanguard offshore wind farm. The 1.8 GW capacity project is to be located more than 47km from the Norfolk Coast. It will feature between 90 and 180 turbines covering an area of approximately 592km2. The annual electricity production of the wind farm is expected to meet the demand of 1.95 million households.

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