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Plans for 2,600 wind turbine farm off Hornsea have gone on display

Plans for the UK’s biggest offshore wind power zone have gone on public display for the first time.

Forewind, a consortium of four energy companies, is touring the East Riding this week consulting with communities over proposals to construct about 2,600 giant turbines in the North Sea, 80 miles off Hornsea.

Initially, the consultation will focus on how power from the offshore site will be transferred by cable to connect to the National Grid at an existing sub-station near Cottingham.

The ambitious project is one of two huge wind zones flanking the Humber estuary, which are expected to help create thousands of renewable energy jobs in the region over the next decade.

Forewind general manager Lee Clarke said the consortium had spent the past 12 months drawing up detailed plans for the project and pulling together a world-class team to deliver it.

He said: “The Dogger Bank project is unparalleled in scale and the key to its successful delivery is to bring together all the necessary elements and resources.”

Dr Clarke said the development would eventually feature up to two offshore wind farms, each with a generating capacity of up to 1.4 gigawatts onshore and offshore export cables, onshore converter stations and other associated infrastructure.

He said this week’s touring exhibition, which kicked off yesterday in Barmston, were the first public events in relation to the Dogger Bank project.

They follow an earlier series of informal workshops organised by Forewind to inform local people about the overall zone development.

The cable connection from the offshore zone will come ashore between Ulrome and Fraisthorpe to the south of Bridlington.

The location was chosen after a number of possible sites were examined along the coast.

Land and seabed conditions, wildlife habitats, fishing activity and archaeological issues were all assessed before the decision was made.

Mark Thomas, Forewind’s head of onshore development, said there was still plenty of work to do before a precise underground cable route from the coast to Cottingham was finalised.

He said: “The final sites for each aspect of the project – including the precise landfall, cable routes, onshore converter stations and the wind farm itself – will be identified through further onshore and offshore engineering and environmental assessments, as well as via consultation with a wide range of stakeholders.”

Surveys on route options will continue for the next 12 months.