Dong Energy Reaches Agreement with the Crown Estate for Hornsea Zone


Dong Energy has reached an agreement with the Crown Estate, an independent commercial business created by the an Act of Parliament in the United Kingdom, to reconfigure the Hornsea zone as part of the company’s Round 3 offshore wind development zones.

Following Dong Energy’s acquisition of the remainder of the Hornsea zone from Mainstream Renewable Power and Siemens Financial Services in 2015, Dong Energy has concluded its zone appraisal process, which resulted in project-specific agreements for lease being agreed on for three projects: Hornsea Project Two, Hornsea Project Three, and Hornsea Project Four.

The previously identified Hornsea Project Three has been split into two separate projects —  Hornsea Project Three to the east of Hornsea Project Two and Hornsea Project Four to the west of Hornsea Project Two.

This follows Dong Energy’s recent announcement that it will build the 1.2-GW Hornsea Project One, which is expected to be capable of powering well over 1 million U.K. homes.

“We are pleased to have reached this agreement with the Crown Estate for the Hornsea projects, which highlights once again our absolute commitment to the U.K. offshore wind market,” said Brent Cheshire, Dong Energy’s U.K. country chairman. “Having just confirmed that we are building Hornsea Project One — the world’s biggest offshore wind farm — we see these projects as a vital part of our post-2020 pipeline.”

Hornsea Project Two has been identified as having a capacity of up to 1.8 GW. A planning consent decision for Hornsea Project Two is expected to take place later this year.

Hornsea Project Three, which will shortly be taken forward to external consultation, is estimated to have the potential for 1-2 GW capacity. Hornsea Project Four could add around a further 1 GW. 

— Source: Dong Energy

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