The first turbine at the world’s biggest offshore wind farm has been installed and is now producing electricity.
Danish offshore wind energy firm Orsted says that the first Siemens Gamesa 7 MW turbine started producing energy on 14th February. The 1218 MW wind farm will be the largest in the world when completed.
“Hornsea One 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 Orsted. “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.”
Orsted will install a total of 174 turbines at Hornsea One, located 120 km off the Yorkshire coast, NE England. The wind farm will be more than double the size of the world’s current largest offshore wind farm, Walney Extension.
“Ten years 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,” said Wright.
Orsted said in a statement that 172 out of 174 monopile foundations have been installed at the Hornsea One site, and turbine installation is expected to continue until late summer 2019.