Ørsted eyes Hornsea 3 planning submission in Q2

The Race Bank offshore wind farm. Source: Ørsted (www.orsted.co.uk).

February 12 (Renewables Now) - Danish offshore wind developer Ørsted A/S (CPH:ORSTED) expects to submit planning application for the Hornsea Project Three in the UK in the second quarter of 2018 as it has refined plans for the up-to-2.4-GW project.

The maximum number of turbines has been cut to 300 from 342 and the construction programme has been reduced to two phases. Previously, it had been expected the project would be built in three phases due to its scale.

Construction on the wind farm, to be located more than 120 km (75 miles) off the north Norfolk coast, could start in 2020, with 2025 currently set as the earliest operational date.

Ørsted has also refined the width of the cable corridor, to 80 metres (263 ft) from 200 m, and the landfall zone. The update further includes locations for the onshore substation and onshore HVAC booster station, if needed. 

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