DONG Sets Aside GBP 10 Million for Race Bank and Hornsea One Community Fund

DONG Energy is launching a GBP 10 million fund to help local community projects on the UK East Coast over the next 20 years.

Source: DONG Energy

The East Coast Community Fund is being set up to ensure that local people benefit from the operation of two of the company’s offshore wind farms – the 580MW Race Bank and the 1.2GW Hornsea Project One – which are both now under construction. It will distribute around GBP 500,000 a year to help local initiatives for each of the next 20 years.

“We believe local people should get a chance to benefit from the construction and operation of offshore wind farms which are some of the UK’s biggest energy infrastructure projects,” said Brent Cheshire, UK Country Chairman of DONG Energy.

“Although our wind farms are located offshore, their transmission connections require onshore facilities and our construction and operations bases are very much a part of local communities. This fund is a practical way in which we can say thank you for the fantastic support we get.”

The East Coast Community Fund will be managed and administered by an independent grant-making charity to be appointed shortly, DONG said. One of their early tasks will be to launch a public consultation on how and where the funds can be distributed most effectively.

Race Bank is being built off the North Norfolk coast and will be capable of meeting the electricity needs of over half million UK homes when it becomes fully operational in 2018.

Construction of the onshore substations and installation of around 12 kilometres of onshore cable, from Walpole to a point north of Sutton Bridge, has been ongoing since last year, and work will soon begin offshore. The installation of two export cables in the area of the sea defence and the salt marsh is due to start in early May.

Hornsea Project One is located 120 km off the Yorkshire coast and covers approximately 407 square kilometers. DONG reached a final investment decision to build the wind farm in February 2016. It is due to be fully operational in 2020.