Dong takes full control of Hornsea offshore wind development zone
Offshore wind farm in British waters. Author: Beverley Goodwin. License: Creative Commons, Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic
Danish state-owned utility Dong Energy A/S said on Friday it has taken full control of the Hornsea offshore wind development zone in the North Sea through the purchase of rights to 3 GW of capacity there.
Dong is acquiring the Hornsea Zone, including the rights to the Hornsea project 2 and 3, from Ireland’s Mainstream Renewable Power and Siemens Financial Services for an undisclosed sum. The Danish utility already has 100% ownership of the up to 1.2-GW Hornsea 1 project after buying the 66.66% stake it did not already own in the scheme earlier this year.
Hornsea projects 2 and 3, which have the potential of 3 GW offshore wind capacity, will be a key part of Dong’s post 2020 project pipeline, it noted.
The Hornsea Zone covers an area of over 4,000 sq km (1,544 sq m) located between 31 km (19.26 miles) and 190 km off the Yorkshire coast. It is one of the world’s largest offshore development zones.
Hornsea 1 received the green light from the British government in December 2014. The wind farm complex will be located at the centre of the Hornsea Zone. In July, Dong appointed Germany’s Siemens AG (ETR:SIE) as the preferred supplier of turbines for the project.