About the project

Hornsea 3 offshore wind farm could meet the average daily needs of well over 3 million UK homes


Hornsea 3 will be located in the North Sea, approximately 120 km off the Norfolk coast and 160 km off the Yorkshire coast.

Up to 231 offshore wind turbines will be located within a 696 km2 area.

Power output
The wind farm will be capable of generating at least 2.85 GW of green electricity, enough to meet the average daily needs of well over 3 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 7.6 GW 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 1 and Hornsea 2 are in operation, and Hornsea 3 has received a Development Consents Order (DCO).

On 14 May 2018, we submitted a Development Consent Order (DCO) application for a  third project in the zone, Hornsea Project 3 Offshore Wind Farm.

The application was accepted by the Planning Inspectorate in June 2018 and was granted consent by the Secretary of State for the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on 31 December 2020. 

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Project Timeline

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Project timeline  
December 2020
June 2018
May 2018
March 2018
November to December 2017
July to September 2017  
July 2017
March 2017
December 2016
November 2016
October 2016
September 2016
August 2015
Consent granted
DCO application accepted by the Planning Inspectorate for examination.
Submitted Development Consent Order (DCO) application to the Planning Inspectorate.
Carried out focussed statutory consultation on a number of minor amendments to the onshore route based on further feedback.
Carried out further statutory consultation on some proposed changes in response to feedback.
Carried out statutory consultation on PEIR and third round of Community Consultation Events (Phase 2)
Published Preliminary Environment Information Report (PEIR), presenting the results of initial assessments to inform consultation.
Held second round of Community Consultation Events (Phase 1.B)
Scoping Opinion received from Planning Inspectorate.
Held first round of Community Consultation Events (Phase 1.A)
Published Scoping Report, containing early information about the project and assessments that would be undertaken.
Published Statement of Community Consultation, marking the start of public consultation.
Ørsted acquired the rights to develop the Hornsea Zone with the acquisition of Smart Wind Ltd.
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