HORNSEA Project Two offshore wind farm has been given Government go-ahead, with hundreds more jobs in construction, operations and maintenance likely to head this way.
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 long 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.