Largest wind farm begins operation

The installation of the first wind turbine in the largest wind farm in the world was completed, officially generating electricity.

When it is fully operational, the British Hornsea 1 wind park will produce nearly twice as much power as the  1,218 megawatts produced currently by the UK’s largest offshore wind farm, which can supply more than a million homes with renewable electricity.

Hornsea 1 is located 120 km from Yorkshire Coast and will consist of 174 wind turbines of Siemens Gamesa, 7 megawatts each. The wind park is a joint venture between Ørsted, the largest company in the sector, and Global Partners Infrastructure Partners.

Danish Ørsted started construction of the plant just over a year ago and expects the project to be completed in the first quarter of 2020.

“The United Kingdom’s renewable energy sector is growing. Last year, we saw that the largest wind park in the world opened off the coast of Cambria. Today an even bigger park is starting to produce energy for the first time. British innovation is at the heart of our modern industrial strategy and our upcoming agreement will ensure that the offshore wind sector in the UK will be a world leader as we move into a green, smarter energy future, “said Claire Perry, Minister for Energy and Clean Development.

Hornsea 1 is the first of a new generation of offshore power stations that are currently competing with the potential of traditional fossil fuel stations. The ability to produce clean electricity on the high seas on this scale is a worldwide milestone, at a time when urgent action is needed to tackle climate change. Ten years ago, the thought of a project of this magnitude was just a dream, but thanks to continuous innovation, the determined effort by both the industry and the supply chain to reduce costs and the natural geographic benefits that surround us, became reality, “said Matthew Wright, Managing Director of Ørsted United Kingdom.

“Our vision is a world based solely on green energy and this emblematic work is an important step in this journey, demonstrating that large-scale renewable energy is not just an idea for the future but is here, now “He added.

As a global leader in the offshore wind sector, Ørsted operates more than 1,100 offshore wind turbines today, having installed around 5.6 gigawatts of offshore wind power capacity and having further 3.4 gigawatts under construction.