Dong Energy has secured approval from the UK Government for the 1.8GW Hornsea Project Two offshore wind farm.

Planned to be located 89km off the Yorkshire coast, the wind farm will feature about 300 turbines.

It will generate enough electricity to power about 1.6 million UK homes per year.

Individual turbine models have not been decided yet, but the turbine capacity could range between 7MW – 15MW. Total height of the turbines is expected to be about 276m with rotor diameter of 250m.

The foundations at the project are expected to be grounded, monopile structures with depths ranging between 26m to 40m. The offshore wind farm will be spread in an area of 483km2

This offshore wind farm is being considered as the largest offshore wind farm in the world and is expected to coast about £6bn ($7.8bn). Development of the project will be taken care of by SMart Wind and it will be owned by Dong Energy.

Dong Energy UK Country Chairman Brent Cheshire said: "Development consent for Hornsea Project Two is very welcome. We have already invested £6 billion in the UK, and Hornsea Project Two provides us with another exciting development opportunity in offshore wind.

"Hornsea Project Two is a huge potential infrastructure project which could provide enough green energy to power 1.6 million UK homes. A project of this size will help in our efforts to continue reducing the cost of electricity from offshore wind and shows our commitment to investing in the UK."

Dong Energy said will now review the details of the DCO, which was approved by Greg Clark MP at the recommendation of the Planning Inspectorate.

Image: Dong Energy receives approval for Hornsea Project Two. Photo: Courtesy of xedos4/