Ørsted has today announced that the successful installation for the final of 174 wind turbines at the world’s largest offshore wind farm Hornsea 1.
The wind turbines are with three 75m long blades and a height of 190m after installation, so it took around 12 hours of precision working to install a turbine in full. Impressively, each 7MW turbine will be able to power a UK home for over a day with every single rotation.
The wind turbines components were transported by two specialist vessels: The Bold Tern, owned by Fred. Olsen Windcarrier, and DEME Group’s Sea Challenger.
Part of an impressive array dotted over 407 km2 of North Sea more than 100km from the Yorkshire coast, the final turbine completes the 174-strong array of turbines, which make up the world’s largest offshore wind farm.
Now the final turbine is installed, the project will undergo a period of commissioning, and will be officially inaugurated in 2020 as the world’s largest offshore wind farm.
The first wind farm to cross 1GW capacity
Once complete, the site will be the world’s first offshore wind farm to be able to generate over 1GW of electricity – enough to power well over one million UK homes.
Duncan Clark, Ørsted Programme Director for Hornsea 1 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 1 has truly paved the way for the next generation of offshore wind farms.“
He continued: “At the time of taking on the project, its 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.
“We have benefitted 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.”
8,000 people working in the world’s largest offshore wind farm
It has taken a whole host of contractors, suppliers, and Ørsted employees to reach this landmark with over 8,000 people having been inducted to work offshore at Hornsea 1’s site. Living on board the GMS Endeavour for two weeks at a time, they were able to stay close to the action, as well as enjoy a gym, catered for, laundry service, and high-speed internet.
Due to the distance from shore, the offshore construction team based themselves on site, 120km out to sea, to help ensure the project was kept safe and to schedule in dynamic weather conditions.
Source Ørsted News