The wind farm will be located about 89km from the shore in the Southern North Sea.

The Hornsea Project Two wind farm is expected to be completed and start its operations in 2022.

When operational, the wind farm can produce enough electricity to be supplied to about 1.3 million UK homes, while offsetting about 2 million tonnes of CO2 and 46,000 tonnes of SO2 emissions.

This upcoming offshore wind farm is expected to have a life expectancy of 25 years.

 With the Hornsea Project Two in hand, Dong Energy expects to increase its offshore wind capacity of 11-12GW by 2025.

The wind farm is expected to generate about 2000 jobs during the construction phase and 130 permanent jobs during its operational phase. It will be operated from DONG Energy’s new operations hub in Grimsby.

Dong Energy Wind Power executive vice president and CEO Samuel Leupold 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."

The company said that it has taken a final investment decision on Hornsea Project Two following the allocation of the contract for difference (CfD). 

Dong Energy, which is already building Hornsea Project One, has started the consultation process for Hornsea Project Three.

Image: Dong Energy wins bidding to construct 1.3GW offshore wind farm in UK. Photo: Courtesy of DONG Energy A/S.