The UK Government has given approval to a £6bn offshore wind project in the North Sea owned by Danish utility Dong Energy.

The Hornsea Project Two offshore windfarm is  located 89km off the Yorkshire coast. It will feature up to 300 turbines and have a capacity of up to 1.8 gigawatts (GW) and is being developed by SMartWindgy.

Dong Energy UK's country chairman Brent Cheshire said: "We have already invested £6 billion in the UK, and Hornsea Project Two provides us with another exciting development opportunity in offshore wind."

"Hornsea Project Two could provide enough green energy to power 1.6 million UK homes."

"Hornsea Project Two is a huge potential infrastructure project, which could provide enough green energy to power 1.6 million UK homes. A project of this size will help in our efforts to continue reducing the cost of electricity from offshore wind and shows our commitment to investing in the UK."

A development consent order (DCO) was granted by the secretary of state for energy Greg Clark at the recommendation of the Planning Inspectorate. DCO covers the complete project, including the turbines, foundations, offshore and onshore substations, array cables, and export cables.

The Crown Estate director for energy, minerals, and infrastructure Huub den Rooijen said: "Offshore wind is already on course to meet 10% of the UK's electricity demand by 2020.

"Major developments of Hornsea Project Two's scale will pave the way for its continued growth alongside driving down costs, creating high value jobs, and supporting the UK's transition to a low carbon energy supply."