Danish energy firm Ørsted has confirmed that its plans for the Hornsea 4 offshore wind farm in the UK have been granted consent by the secretary of state for the Department of Energy Security and Net Zero.
The decision marks the culmination of a rigorous process that ensures the project can deliver a new source of clean energy for the UK.
Hornsea 4 is the first ever offshore wind farm to be examined alongside a derogation case, including environmental compensation.
Ørsted is now reviewing the full detail of the Development Consent Order and says it will continue to work closely with stakeholders and local communities as it looks to take Hornsea 4 forward “sensitively and sustainably”.
In a statement, Ørsted said: “Climate change remains a very serious threat to our environment and habitats and there is an ever pressing need to act.
“We must accelerate the build-out of renewable energy if we are to meet our global climate goals and net-zero targets, as well as ensuring projects deliver long-term value.”
Ørsted says that wind projects such as Hornsea 4 are “key” to the UK’s energy security, adding that “they will bring billions of pounds of investment, provide low-cost electricity for consumers, and thousands of high-quality jobs”.
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