With the initial turbines installed, power is now generating at DONG Energy’s Race Bank Offshore Wind Farm and successfully exporting to the UK’s national grid. Race Bank consists of 91 Siemens 6-MW wind turbines, and includes the first ever turbine blades manufactured at the Siemens blade factory in Hull.
Approximately two thirds (around 180) of the blades at Race Bank will come from the Siemens facility in Hull.
“I’m delighted we’ve reached first power at Race Bank, which is an important milestone that proves every part of the transmission and generation equipment at the wind farm is successfully working,” said Klaus Skoust Møller, Race Bank Program Director at DONG Energy. “Construction is progressing well and on schedule.”
Construction of Race Bank is being managed from DONG Energy’s construction base in the Grimsby Fish Docks. Once all 91 turbines are installed, Race Bank will be capable of generating 573 MW of electricity, which is enough capacity to meet the annual electricity demands of over half a million UK homes.
“It will be great to see the first blades from Hull loaded out and installed on the remaining turbines in the coming weeks as well,” added Møller.
Last year, DONG Energy announced plans for a GBP multi-million investment in Grimsby to create the UK’s largest offshore wind operations and maintenance hub, which will serve Race Bank once it becomes operational.