Hornsea takes world lead in offshore wind

A 1.2 gigawatt wind farm project in the North Sea will be the largest so far when it comes online in 2020, despite a cooling market

The Hornsea project just confirmed will dwarf the 630MW London Array. Photograph: F Kwiatkowski CC BY-NC 2.0Dong Energy has been given the green light to build the world’s largest offshore wind farm off the coast of Grimsby.

A final investment decision by the company’s board on 3 February means the Hornsea One project is scheduled to come online in 2020.

The wind farm, 75 miles off the Yorkshire coast, will have a peak capacity of 1.2 gigawatts. That compares with 630 megawatts for the London Array - the largest at present - and a total operational offshore capacity of 5.1GW and 2.6GW under construction.

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