Offshore wind giant Orsted is understood to be looking at the possibility of adding an additional 180 turbines off the coat of Yorkshire with a new wind farm. The Danish firm, who already have some of the “wold’s largest” offshore wind projects already in the pipeline, confirmed it is examining the seabed for the Hornsea Four development. Orsted announced its Hornsea One project – currently under construction – had hit the 100 turbine mark last month. It is due to be commissioned in 2020. Hornsea Two has also started construction and Hornsea Three is currnetly waiting from consent from the UK Department of Bunsiess, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). A community consultation to discuss the Hornsea Four plans opens today, running until September 23. If commissioned, it’s anticipated construction would start in 2023 with first electricity in 2027.
Energy Voice 14th Aug 2019 read more »
The auction for awarding new offshore wind contracts to green energy developers hit a roadblock on Friday, after it emerged that an unnamed complainant has lodged an application for a Judicial Review with the government, BusinessGreen can reveal. Industry sources confirmed the Contracts for Difference (CfD) auction, which will award contracts for up to 6GW of new clean energy capacity for the UK, is now expected to be subject to delays as a result of the complaint. BusinessGreen understands companies preparing sealed bids for the auction ahead of a scheduled August 15 deadline were informed by officials on Friday that a complainant was seeking a Judicial Review, but scant further details were provided. Hopes are high that any delay will prove relatively short, with some insiders suggesting it may only last a few weeks. BusinessGreen understands the release of the auction results is now likely to be postponed until September 20-23, two weeks later than the planned September 6-9 window.
Business Green 13th Aug 2019 read more »