A major offshore Wind Farm project with a power of 2.4GW is expected to start soon in the North Sea. The UK Minister for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Alok Sharma, has given his consent to Orsted’s 2400MW Hornsea project. So Orsted got permission to proceed with the installation up to 231 wind turbines.
Orsted’s final plans were submitted 26 months ago but a decision had delayed the project. This was due to concerns raised during consultations about the potential impact of the project on cat breeding at protected sites on the Yorkshire coast and possible damage to the seabed protected by conservation legislation.
Compensation measures include the construction of mussel “beds”, the recovery of ghost fishing nets from the sea and a specially designed “kittiwake compensation strategy” that will create nest boxes for seabirds.
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Orsted’s HEAD for the UK Duncan Clark said the developer has “worked closely” with key stakeholders to develop a “robust compensation plan” focused on implementing onshore artificial nest structures specifically designed for kittiwake.
It should also be added that the wind turbines will have rotors up to 265 metres in diameter and 325 metres high off the Yorkshire coast.