Beast from the East Two sends offshore wind records tumbling

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 19 Mar 2018

​BEAST from the East Two has propelled offshore wind energy on once again, with generation over the weekend smashing this month's original record-breaking blast across the North Sea.  

At its height at the start of the month, at 3am on Friday, March 2, a total of 6,331 MW was being generated by offshore wind alone in the UK.

From 1am on Saturday that figure was surpassed, peaking at 6,692 MW at 1pm, remaining in the record-breaking territory until 11pm on Sunday. 

At tims it was producing more than 20 per cent of the nation's electricity, ahead of nuclear, coal and gas for long periods. 

Again Grimsby’s six farms were making a huge contribution, with just shy of 20 per cent of the total.

The latest and largest, Orsted’s Race Bank, was leading the way with 522 MW. Nationally only London Array and Gwynt y Mor can supply more, with under construction Hornsea Project One, again out of Grimsby, to eclipse them.

Off the Humber, Race Bank was followed by Lincs - recently handed over to Orsted for operations and maintenance - at 253 MW.

DATA: The Crown Estate's monitoring, with Beast from the East between the February 26 and March 5 markers, and the weekend's peaking figures and this morning's lessening.

Westermost Rough, another Orsted creation, was sending back 205 MW.

Humber Gateway, the closest to the port where they are all controlled from, remains limited due to onshore cabling issues, with 105 MW being generated.

The town’s first wind farms, the identical Lynn and Inner Dowsing arrays off the coast of Skegness, were both hitting 90 MW. 

In total, 1,265 MW, or 86.2 per cent of the built capacity of 1,466 MW was being generated by the 328 turbines operated and maintained out of Grimsby, even with the restriction in place for the E.on site, due to an issue transmission asset owner Balfour Beatty is working on. Hundreds of thousands of pounds of generating revenue is being lost at peak times, with a problem underground on a section of the 30km of cable between landfall and the National Grid connection at Hedon, East Yorkshire. 

The statistics continue to underline storage and energy mix requirements however, as in contrast, at 9pm on Tuesday, March 6, just 208 MW were being generated by the entire UK fleet - just over one third of Race Bank's capability and roughly what Humber Gateway would like to be contributing. 

At 8am today the figure was at 5,883 MW, 14 per cent of national demand.

MORE: Entries open for Humber Renewable Awards

  • This report was originally filed at 8.48am on Saturday, and has been updated to reflect the changing statistics it is based upon.

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