10 December 2014

Planning experts from Burges Salmon have advised DONG Energy, a partner in the Hornsea Project One offshore wind farm, on the Development Consent Order received on 10 December from the Department for Energy and Climate Change for the 1,200MW Hornsea Project One.

The project is scheduled to commence operation by 2020 when it will become the world’s first gigawatt scale far from shore wind farm. The DCO covers the entire project, including the turbines, offshore and onshore substations, array cables and export cable.  Project One is located 120km off the Yorkshire coast and covers approximately 407 square kilometres, when completed, Project One will be able to meet the electricity needs of around 800,000 UK homes.

Hornsea Project One is being developed by SMartWind - a consortium of Mainstream Renewable Power and Siemens Financial Services - and DONG Energy. Hornsea Project One is one of three projects for which DONG Energy was awarded Financial Investment Decision Enabling Contracts for Difference by the Government in April 2014.  Burges Salmon advised DONG Energy, working closely with SMartWind, during the preparation and submission of the DCO application and its progress through the Examination and through to consent on matters relating to consenting and compulsory acquisition. This included interaction of the Project One application with two other DCO applications.

Julian Boswall, Planning partner at Burges Salmon, which specialises in advising on large scale energy projects, said: “We are very pleased to have been able to assist DONG Energy in achieving this important milestone towards delivering Project One.”

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Julian Boswall

Julian Boswall Partner

  • Energy and Utilities
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  • Planning and Compulsory Purchase

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