is located 120km off the Yorkshire Coast and will consist of 174 Siemens Gamesa
7MW turbines. The majority of wind farm’s blades are manufactured in Hull, from
where they are shipped to the Hornsea zone.
farm is a joint venture between Ørsted, the global leader in offshore wind, and
Global Infrastructure Partners.
recently voted as the world’s most sustainable energy company, began offshore construction just
over a year ago, and expects the project to be completed by Q1 2020.
Claire Perry, Energy & Clean Growth
renewables sector is thriving. Last year we saw the world's largest wind farm
open off the coast of Cumbria, and today it’s joined by an even bigger one
starting to produce power for the first time. British innovation is central to
our modern Industrial Strategy and our upcoming sector deal will ensure UK
offshore wind is a global leader as we transition to a greener, smarter energy
Matthew Wright, UK Managing Director at Ørsted,
is the first of a new generation of offshore power plants that now rival the
capacity of traditional fossil fuel power stations. 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.
ago, the thought of a project of this size was just a dream, but thanks to continued
innovation, a determined effort from both the industry and supply chain to
drive down costs, and the natural geographical benefits that surround us, the
UK has positioned itself as a world-leader in offshore wind.
company’s vision is a world that runs entirely on green energy, and this
flagship project is a significant step on that journey, proving that
large-scale renewable energy is not just an idea of the future, it’s here,
Duncan Clark, project director for both Hornsea
1, and its sister project Hornsea Two, also under construction, said:
amazing to think that just over a year ago we began offshore construction on
Hornsea 1, and now, 120km off the coast, it has already started to generate
clean electricity. I’d like to thank the thousands of people responsible for
delivering this milestone safely and completely as planned. It’s taken hard
work from so many different people, long shifts in all weather conditions, ingenious
solutions and disciplined professional collaboration – which has all been
this next generation of wind farm possible, the entire supply chain has stepped
up to a massive challenge. This has involved scaling up, improving products and
processes, refining skills, and together leading offshore wind to its market
leading position for new projects today, where it is now competitive on cost of
electricity, on scale, on sustainability and on lead time. I would also like to thank those communities
that have welcomed us during the construction phase of the project, including
onshore cable laying, and all the authorities and businesses whose support and
skills are necessary in developing this scale of infrastructure.
still a long way to go, 173 turbines to be precise! But I’m confident we will
continue to work to the high standards already demonstrated by the teams
involved, and together deliver the biggest renewable energy project in the UK,
helping to deliver a cleaner, greener energy system for the future.”
To date, 172
out of 174 monopile foundations have been installed at the site, and turbine
installation is expected to continue until late summer 2019. The electricity generated
by the turbines will pass via undersea cables through one of three massive offshore
substations, and the world’s first offshore reactive compensation station, all
fully installed, before reaching shore at Horseshoe Point, Lincolnshire. The
electricity is then transported via underground cables to the onshore
substation in North Killingholme, where it connects to the UK National Grid, in
order to reach well over one million homes in the UK.
world leader in offshore wind, Ørsted operates more than 1,100 offshore wind
turbines. Ørsted has installed approx. 5.6GW offshore wind capacity and has a
further 3.4GW under construction. In addition, Ørsted has secured the rights to
build approx. 1GW offshore wind in the US by 2023, approx. 1.1GW in Germany by
2025, and approx. 1.8GW in Taiwan. It is Ørsted’s ambition to have installed a
total of 15GW offshore wind capacity world-wide by 2025.