Congratulations, the world’s largest offshore wind farm, Hornsea One, is now generating power

The Hornsea One wind farm is located 75 miles off the UK coast, east of Grimsby. The asset is now partially operational with 50 of its 174 Siemens Gamesa 7MW turbines turning, enough to power 287,000 UK residencies. When completed in 2020, the 1,218MW project will be capable of supplying power to over a million homes during its 25-year lifespan, exclusively from wind.

The wind farm, a joint venture between Ørsted and Global Infrastructure Partners, is the first of a new generation of wind farms, with twice the capacity of Walney Extension, the previous largest asset.

Donna Ellcock, Director of Offshore Wind, Contract at Taylor Hopkinson congratulates the Hornsea One team,

“It is great to see that the first 287,000 homes are already being powered by Hornsea Offshore wind farm. Congratulations to all involved so far, including our current and past contractors working on this multi-record breaking project.”

It appears that being located so far from shore hasn’t hindered construction, with teams aboard the Service Operations Vessel (SOV), Edda Mistral, working on a 2-week rotation. Morten Holm, Hornsea One’s Head of Operations, commented,

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. 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 UK continues to lead at the vanguard of offshore wind, with 8.2GW accounting for a massive 44 per cent of Europe’s installed capacity, with the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, and Scandinavia accounting for the majority of the remainder.

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