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Ørsted's sea battle against BP continues

As the plans for developing Hornsea 4 move into the hearing phase, the dispute with the BP-led consortium aiming to store CO2 in the same area remains unresolved. Given that the technical solutions exist, what is needed is getting all parties together to identify them, states Ørsted’s CEO of offshore wind.

Photo: Ørsted

Last Thursday, Ørsted was awarded a long-awaited Contract for Difference for offshore wind project Hornsea 3. The original plan was to submit an application the 2.85GW project for the previous CfD round in 2019. However, several delays ensued due to concerns over the impact on birds in the area, preventing the project from being approved in time.

Now, the Danish utility has already set its sights on the next project in the UK, having filed an application in February for approval of developing Hornsea 4. Even here, however, challenges with co-existence have arisen, albeit with a more atypical neighbor in the shape of a consortium consisting of BP and Equinor among other parties, which are planning a CO2 storage project that overlaps with Ørsted’s offshore wind site.

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