The SMart Wind consortium, led by Mainstream Renewable Power and Siemens Financial Services' Project and Structured Finance unit, has secured grid capacity for the second gigawatt of its 4 GW Hornsea offshore wind development off the U.K.'s Yorkshire coast.
The second grid connection for the offshore wind farm will connect to Killingholme substation, an existing 400 kV substation located in the Humber region and owned by National Grid. Earlier in the year, SMart Wind announced it was planning the connection for the project's first gigawatt into Killingholme. This next milestone places the project firmly on track to deliver 4 GW by 2020, according to SMart Wind.
Later this month, SMart Wind will begin a local consultation on the preferred route for the first gigawatt's connection route into Killingholme.
Hornsea is one of the three largest zones awarded for development under The Crown Estate's Round 3 program in December 2009.