Ørsted announced that it has officially started operations on the 1,214-MW Hornsea One, — the largest offshore wind farm in the world.
The project is located 120 km off the Yorkshire Coast and will consist of 174 Siemens Gamesa 7-MW turbines, 50 of which are currently operational. The majority of wind farm’s blades are manufactured in Hull, from where they are shipped to the Hornsea zone.
“The speed of construction has been phenomenal, and it’s thanks to the hundreds of dedicated people working on the project, that the project is on schedule to eventually generate enough clean electricity for over a million homes across the UK,” said Morten Holm, Hornsea One’s Head of Operations. It’s an exciting moment for me personally, but also for the UK as the world watches the progress with this record-breaking wind farm.”
The massive wind farm has the first offshore reactive compensation station and the longest ever AC offshore wind export cable system. O&M will take place using two shift-based teams, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This will occur throughout the project’s 25-year life-span, according to Ørsted.
“Hornsea 1 is the first of a new generation of offshore power plants that now rival the capacity of traditional fossil fuel power stations,” said Matthew Wright, UK Managing Director at Ørsted.. The ability to generate clean electricity offshore at this scale is a globally significant milestone, at a time when urgent action needs to be taken to tackle climate change.”
The wind farm is scheduled for full operations in 2020.
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