About the project

Located approximately 89 km (55.3 miles) off the Yorkshire coast, the Hornsea 2 windfarm was constructed at the then reported lowest-ever contract price for offshore wind in the UK, in the unforgiving environment of the North Sea and amid the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

How did NatWest Group help?

In March 2022, NatWest Group participated in a syndicated loan deal to finance the construction of the Hornsea 2 project: at the time, the largest offshore windfarm under construction in the world.

The deal involved global asset manager AXA IM Alts and French insurance group Crédit Agricole Assurances acquiring a 50% stake in the development from operator Ørsted.


What were the outcomes?

Hornsea 2, which became fully operational on 31 August 2022, supports AXA IM Alt, Crédit Agricole Assurances and Ørsted’s ambition to expand renewable energy production.

Comprising 1 MW turbines spanning 462km2 (an area c.31 times the size of Windermere in the Lake District) and producing more than 1.3GW of electricity – enough energy to supply more than 1.4 million homes. Each single revolution of each 204m high turbine can power an average family home for 24 hours.


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