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HORNSEA Project Two offshore wind farm has been given Government go-ahead

We were delighted to hear the news yesterday that the World's largest offshore wind farm planned off the Humber has been given Government go-ahead.

The Hornsea Project Two offshore wind farm will lcreatehundreds more jobs in construction, operations and maintenance within the region.

Developer Dong Energy has welcomed the decision of Greg Clark, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy to grant development consent for the project, located nearly 90km off the Yorkshire coast.

Hornsea Project Two will have a capacity of up to 1.8 gigawatts (GW) and will consist of up to 300 turbines.

Government estimates the wind farm would create up to 1,960 construction jobs and 580 operational and maintenance jobs, the latter log term roles that Grimsby is now specialising in.

It was approved by Mr Clark at the recommendation of the Planning Inspectorate, and covers the entire project including the turbines, foundations, offshore and onshore substations, array cables and export cables. 

Brent Cheshire, Dong Energy’s UK country chairman, 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. 

The Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has welcomed the news of Hornsea Project Two's approval.

LEP chairman Lord Haskins said: "This is a massive construction project which will create a substantial number of jobs – both in construction and in operations and maintenance for the long term.

"With the world's largest wind farm now approved on our doorstep, it is a further demonstration that the Humber, the UK's energy estuary, is at the centre of this growing industry which has major potential.

"We were pleased to support the project through the planning process. The news of the development consent is welcome and we look forward to seeing it progress."

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