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.
More than 150 years ago, wood supplied up to 90 percent of the nation’s energy needs.
“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.
This £2.5bn ($3.3bn) project in the UK North Sea received a contract for difference (CfD) back in February 2015 at a strike price of £119.89/MWh. Owner Iberdrola and developer ScottishPower Renewables (a unit of Iberdrola) have begun construction about 73km off the east coast of England and will install 102 7MW Siemens Gamesa SWT-7.0-154 turbines, with completion expected next year.
“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.”