Final turbine installed at ‘world’s largest’ wind project

The final turbine has been installed at the “world’s largest” wind development in the UK, according to Danish firm Orsted. Its understood the he 174-turbine Hornsea One Offshore Wind Farm will be able to power one million homes, once fully operational. It will generate over 1 gigawatt (GW) of electricity to The National Grid. Orsted said today that the project would “undergo a period of commissioning”, and will be officially inaugurated in 2020. Offshore construction started at Hornsea One in January 2018.
Duncan Clark, Orsted programme director for Hornsea One said: “The milestone of this last turbine being installed only nine months after the first one was erected is just one small part of this record-breaking project.

“Hornsea One has truly paved the way for the next generation of offshore wind farms.

“At the time of taking on the project, it’s scale and the technical pioneering required seemed a Herculean challenge, but a truly extraordinary effort from all those involved have managed to make this impressive feat of engineering the new norm.

The use of renewable energy is not a new technique and some forms have been used for over 2,000 years.

“We have benefited from fantastic working relationships with contractors and suppliers, and that includes vessel providers who have maintained a constant stream of communication to ensure that turbine installation has been concluded on time and within budget.”

The Honsea One project sits more than 74 miles off the Yorkshire Coast in the Southern North Sea. Final installation was carried out by Fred Olsen Windcarrier and Deme Group installation vessels. Hans-Petter Austad, project manager for Fred. Olsen Windcarrier, added: “This has been a great team effort from all involved parties.

“I am proud and humble to have been part of this team of dedicated and professional persons who have delivered services of top quality throughout the different phases of the project to meet our client’s expectations.”