Ørsted Installs First Turbine in 1.4GW Hornsea 2 Offshore Wind Farm

Once complete, Hornsea Two will generate up to 1.4GW clean energy using 165 massive turbines, earning the distinction of being the world’s biggest offshore wind farm

A view of Ørsted’s Hornsea One offshore wind farm off the coast of Greater Manchester, UK. Credit: Ørsted UK website

A view of Ørsted’s Hornsea One offshore wind farm off the coast of Greater Manchester, UK. Credit: Ørsted UK website

Ørsted established an important milestone recently by installing the first turbine at its Hornsea Two offshore wind farm off the coast of Greater Manchester. Upon completion, the wind farm will have 165 turbines of 8MW capacity, specially manufactured by Siemens Gamesa. Towering 200 metres above sea level, each turbine has the capacity to power video conferences for up to 1,60,000 hours.

Hornsea Two is located 89 kilometres from Hornsea One, currently the world’s largest offshore wind farm with a capacity of 1.2GW. Once Hornsea Two is ready for operations in 2022, it will take on that distinction from its sister plant generating up to 1.4GW clean energy, enough to power over 1.3 million homes in the UK, and all homes in the Greater Manchester area.

The first consignment of turbines left Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy’s blade factory in Hull last week. They were transported on the Sea Challenger, owned and operated by DEME Offshore. Patrick Harnett, Senior Programme Director for Hornsea Two at Ørsted said: “I am incredibly proud of the way our teams have worked collaboratively during this difficult time to ensure that our plans for installation were able to go ahead as planned. Hornsea Two will be the world’s largest offshore wind farm and is already paving the way for future renewable energy projects which will have a significant impact on our mission to reach Net Zero.

The Hornsea offshore wind farm sisters have also generated major economic opportunities for the region. A successful recruitment programme conducted last year witnessed 1,200 candidates applying as wind turbine technicians. This year, the facility is preparing their accommodation in the Wind of Hope, a new service operations vessel. The vessel was designed specially for the purpose in Turkey by Louis Dreyfus Armateurs. It is expected to arrive at Grimsby port in the next few months.

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