First turbine installed at Hornsea Two offshore wind farm

Image credit: Ørsted

Ørsted has announced that the first wind turbine for the Hornsea Two offshore wind farm has been installed, a significant construction milestone for the project.

Located 89km off the Yorkshire coast in the North Sea and adjacent to Hornsea One, the sister site is expected to be completed in 2022.

The first load out of turbines left the port of Hull earlier this week via the installation vessel Sea Challenger, owned by DEME Offshore. Equipped with components for Four individual turbines, including the new 81 meter long blades which have been manufactured at Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy’s blade factory in Hull.

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 we’re able to go ahead as planned.

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“Hornsea Two will be the world’s largest and 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 completed array will see 165 8-MW Siemens turbines installed offshore, each standing 200 meters above sea level, with a swept diameter of 167 meters. One turbine alone would provide enough energy for 160,000 hour-long video conferences.

The project will have a capacity of 1.4GW and will provide power to over 1.3 million homes in the UK.

After a successful recruitment campaign last year, wind turbine technicians will be arriving to begin work at the site. Their accommodation will be provided in the form of a new service operations vessel (SOV). The Wind of Hope, which has been built in Turkey on behalf of vessel owners Louis Dreyfus Armateurs, is expected to arrive at the port in Grimsby over the coming months.

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