About the project

The proposed wind farm could meet the average daily needs of over 2 million UK homes


Ørsted is proposing to develop Hornsea Project Three, in the North Sea, off the North Norfolk Coast.

The project team is exploring an offshore area of up to 696 km2.

Power output
The proposed wind farm will be capable of generating up to 2,400 MW of electricity, enough to meet the average daily needs of well over 2 million homes.

Project Background

Ørsted is one of the leading energy groups in Northern Europe, headquartered in Denmark, with UK head offices in Central London and numerous site offices around the UK. We are the world leader in developing, constructing and operating offshore wind farms, with over 3,000 MW of operational capacity globally.

In August 2015, Ørsted acquired the rights to develop the Hornsea Zone from SMart Wind Ltd, who were originally awarded the zone in The Crown Estate Round 3 bid process. To date, Hornsea Project One and Hornsea Project Two have both received planning consent, and Hornsea Project One is currently under construction after reaching Final Investment Decision in February 2016.

We are now exploring the potential to develop a third project in the zone, Hornsea Project Three Offshore Wind Farm, which is currently in the early pre-application stage for a DCO. For more information on how you can get involved, please see our section on Public Consultation.

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Project Timeline

Find out where we are in the development process of this project

Hornsea Project Three is currently in the pre-application phase for a Development Consent Order, the major consent required to allow the development to proceed. The diagram below outlines the consultation process in the lead up to submission of our DCO application in 2018. Phase One (informal) consultation will take place until Q3 2017, before a second phase of consultation (Phase Two) on the Preliminary Environmental Information is conducted. There will be a minimum of two rounds of community consultation events, one per phase.

If this is successful, construction of the offshore wind farm is anticipated to take place between 2022 and 2025*.

Hornsea 3 Project Timeline

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