A second application for a further 1.8GW will go before UK permitting authorities next year. Smart Wind is a 50:50 partnership between Mainstream Renewable Power and Siemens Financial Services.
The 3GW of proposed capacity will comprise four distinct wind farms: Heron Wind, Njord, Optimus Wind and Breesea. All four projects are jointly owned by Mainstream Renewable Power, Siemens Financial Services and Dong Energy, with each party holding a third of each project.
Dong's involvement as a co-developer of the first four projects has been agreed since development rights were originally awarded by the Crown Estate in 2010.
Commenting on plans for Hornsea's first two phases, Smart Wind general manager Barry Hopkins said: "This is a great milestone for Smart Wind and the Hornsea zone. With Heron Wind and Njord due to be submitted for planning this summer we are now focused on taking Optimus Wind and Breesea successfully through to the Planning Inspectorate next year."
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