The Danish energy company has been awarded the contract to build the Hornsea Project Two offshore wind farm, at the lowest-ever price for offshore wind in the UK.
At £57.50/MWh, the strike price for the Contract for Difference (CfD) is 50% lower than the previous round of CfD allocations just two years ago, demonstrating the rapid reduction in cost across the wind energy industry.
With a massive capacity of 1,386 megawatts (MW), enough to power over 1.3 million UK homes, Hornsea Project Two will become the world’s biggest offshore wind farm, surpassing the giant 1,200MW Hornsea Project One which DONG Energy is currently constructing.
Hornsea Project Two will be built 89 kilometres from the Yorkshire coast and is expected to be operational from 2022.
Hornsea Project Two will contribute significantly to DONG Energy’s ambition of reaching a total offshore wind capacity of 11-12GW by 2025.
Samuel Leupold, executive vice president and CEO of Wind Power at DONG Energy, said: “We’re delighted to be awarded a Contract for Difference for Hornsea Project Two, which is another important step towards fulfilling our vision of making offshore wind the most competitive form of electricity generation.
“We have always promoted size as a key driver for cost. The ideal size of an offshore wind farm is 800-1,500MW, and therefore it is natural that Hornsea Project Two will deliver record-low costs to society.
“At the same time, the low strike price demonstrates the cost saving potential of developer-built offshore grid connections, which in the UK is included in the project scope.
“We remain fully committed to financial discipline, and Hornsea Project Two will be value creating to our investors.”
Matthew Wright, managing director for DONG Energy UK, said: “This is a breakthrough moment for offshore wind in the UK and a massive step forward for the industry.
“Not only will Hornsea Project Two provide low cost, clean energy to the UK, it will also deliver high-quality jobs and another huge boost to the UK supply chain.
“Successive governments deserve great credit for providing the certainty for continued investment in offshore wind, enabling it to become the thriving renewable industry it is today.
“Costs are falling rapidly, long-term and highly-skilled jobs are being created across the North of England and the UK supply chain is going from strength to strength.
“We’re now really seeing the benefits of this commitment to offshore wind and there is still so much more to come. Indeed, it has the potential to play a key part in the realisation of the UK’s industrial strategy.”
DONG Energy is already constructing Hornsea Project One and has started the consultation process for Hornsea Project Three, underlining the huge potential of this area of the North Sea for offshore wind.
The Hornsea Project Two offshore wind farm will be located approximately 89 kilometres from the Yorkshire coast and have a total capacity up to 1,386MW, producing enough electricity to power over 1.3 million UK homes.
The project is expected to be operational from 2022 and will have a life time of 25 years, supporting over 2,000 during its construction phase and a further 130 permanent jobs for the operational phase of up to 25 years.
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