Hornsea Project Four details revealed as public back wind farm
By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 21 Dec 2018
The results of a consultation into a major new wind farm off the coast of East Yorkshire have been revealed.
Hornsea Project Four, which would follow on from the development of Projects One to Three, is still in the early stages of development, but is expected to be able to power more than one million homes.
Renewables giant Ørsted held consultations in October across the East Riding, inviting members of the public to view the plans, as it prepares for life beyond 2020.
Almost three quarters (73 per cent) of those surveyed said they supported the plans, with 90 per cent saying they believed offshore wind had the potential to contribute significantly to the UK’s low carbon ambitions.
Emma Toulson, Ørsted’s lead stakeholder advisor in the Humber, also spoke about Project Four at a busy renewables conference held in Hessle on Wednesday, December 19.
She said: “Project Four is in the early stages of development, but it is in development.
“The Humber is really important to us at Ørsted. The public and business support – along with the supply chain – has been perfect to help us move forwards.
“We are committed to buying blades from Siemens in Hull, and we also work with other local companies, such as Hobson & Porter and Lightowler.”
Hornsea Project Four is earmarked to be built on a site to the west of the Hornsea One and Two wind farms.
Development consent for Hornsea Project Three was submitted back in May this year.
Ørsted has said it hopes to submit the same for Project Four in 2020.
Hornsea Project Four will be located around 65km off Flamborough Head, and will see as many as 180 turbines built.
Power generated at the wind farm would be brought onshore via cables, and National Grid have already offered Ørsted a grid connection in Cottingham.
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The Humber has become “the envy of the world” for its pioneering offshore wind sector.
Across the UK, offshore farms are currently generating enough clean electricity to power 3.2 million homes.
By 2022, this figure is expected to reach more than 5.5 million households.