Our involvement with Hornsea 3, the world’s single biggest offshore wind farm.

April 04, 2023

Create are pleased to be able to announce our involvement in Hornsea 3, which we have been working on, alongside Ørsted, since 2018.

We were initially appointed to take over the transport and infrastructure elements from another consultant in order to progress the Development Consent Order (DCO) to approval. At the time, Ørsted felt these works were one of the more contentious onshore disciplines and would benefit from being managed by a company local to the required works. Over the following period, we worked closely with Ørsted to ensure all the transport and infrastructure planning requirements were met and ultimately secured on 31st December 2020.

“I can honestly say that your technical expertise and drive to deliver the results we needed was invaluable and very likely kept me sane during the Examination process. You were a pleasure to work with, under what was very challenging circumstances.”

Sarah Drljaca, Consents Manager

With the DCO secured, we continued to provide technical advice and in December 2021 were invited to tender for the ‘Post Consent Onshore Management & Compliance Works’. Following a review of the qualitative and commercial elements of our tender, Lot 3 Traffic and Transport was awarded to us in April 2022.

The scope of works initially comprised of discharging DCO requirements; developing permits including the drafting of plans and technical notes; Section 278 agreements; Minor Works Agreements and Abnormal load & Abnormal Indivisible Load (AIL) approvals.

This has since expanded to include additional technical services such as Clerk of Works, Noise and Vibration Monitoring, Bridge Inspections, Utilities Diversions, Site Investigations and Soakage Testing.

“The successful bid last year was a direct result of the earlier work completed by the team during the DCO inquiry process. The need for renewable energy is higher than ever and to have the opportunity to continue to work on a landmark scheme in our region is an opportunity we do not take lightly. We are very much enjoying our involvement with Hornsea 3 and are looking forward to seeing the end result that will not only benefit our region but also the UK as a whole.”

Jonathan Cage, Managing Director

“I am thrilled with the progress our team has made so far. We have an intimate understanding of the scheme and have developed strong relationships with the project team. I fully believe we can help Ørsted find the right solutions to the challenges ahead.”

Paul Zanna, Technical Director

Paul has expertly managed Lot 3 and the additional scope of works to date, ensuring our multidisciplinary team have provided robust advice and technical support to the Consent Management team and principal contractors, who are currently delivering the onshore cable route, landfall infrastructure and Converter Station.

With a capacity of 2,852 MW, Hornsea 3 will produce enough low-cost, clean, renewable electricity to power 3.2 million UK homes. Ørsted expects to commission the wind farm in 2027.

Soakage testing
Soakage testing taking place