Following submission on 30th July 2013, the Planning Inspectorate has notified SMart Wind that the application for Hornsea Project One offshore wind farm has been formally accepted for examination.
Project One, the first offshore wind farm in the Round 3 Hornsea Zone, covers 407 square kilometres located 103 kilometres off the Yorkshire coast with associated electrical transmission infrastructure to a grid connection point at North Killingholme in North Lincolnshire. Project One is owned by SMart Wind, a joint venture between Mainstream Renewable Power and Siemens Project Venture (an entity owned by Siemens Financial Services), as well as DONG Energy. When complete, it will deliver up to 1.2GW of capacity and bring low carbon power to the UK and much needed economic growth to the Humber region.
A recommendation is expected by PINS, and decision by the Secretary of State for Energy, by the end of 2014. Subject to any subsequent Final Investment Decision, the project is then expected to progress into the construction phase.
Commenting on the announcement, SMart Wind’s Consenting Manager, Chris Jenner said “The announcement today by the Planning Inspectorate marks the culmination of 3 years of comprehensive pre-application consultation, thousands of hours of surveys and design studies from our supply chain partners and close collaboration with all our stakeholders. We are now fully prepared for the examination process to ensure a positive outcome for Project One. We also believe that future Projects within the Hornsea Zone will benefit from the work undertaken to date.”
Keith Lynch, Project Development Manager with DONG Energy commented: “DONG Energy is pleased that the Planning Inspectorate has accepted Project One. We note that we have also had two other projects in our UK pipeline which PINS have accepted in recent months, further demonstrating our position as market leader. We look forward to working with PINS, our development partners and all stakeholders over the coming months of the Examination process to ensure a positive outcome for the project.”
The full set of accepted application documents and advice on how to participate in the examination process are available to download from both the SMart Wind website (www.smartwind.co.uk) and the PINS website (http://infrastructure.independent.gov.uk)