Hull's biggest blade order yet is signed off as Orsted partners with Siemens Gamesa
The majority of blades for Hornsea Project Two will be manufactured at Siemens Gamesa's facility in Hull. Here, the first blades from this facility are seen heading out to Race Bank last year.
By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 29 Jun 2018
Hull's Siemens Gamesa offshore wind blade plant has secured its biggest order yet, after global leader Orsted signed off on the order for Hornsea Project Two.
All pre-assembly work for the 165 turbines and three quarters of the 495 blades will be manufactured on the North Bank. It makes it the first UK project, to be operated out of Grimsby, to use British built 81m blades.
Siemens Gamesa will also be expected to partly source wind turbine towers manufactured in the UK.
Duncan Clark, programme director for Hornsea Projects One and Two, said: “We are delighted to continue our partnership with Siemens Gamesa. We’ve worked with them on many other UK projects, including Race Bank, which was officially inaugurated this month and the first project to use blades manufactured at the facility in Hull.
“With our East Coast Hub in construction in Grimsby and the SGRE facility in Hull, it’s clear to see the Humber area really is creating a world-leading cluster in offshore wind. The SGRE investment in the Hull facility has brought hundreds of jobs to the area, and we feel proud to have supported that through our leading contracts with SGRE.”
Hornsea Two will take on the title of the world’s largest wind farm – from sister Hornsea One currently in installation - when operational in 2022, as well as the UK’s most cost efficient. It will have a capacity of 1,386MW, which means at full tilt it could supply more than 1.3 million homes with clean electricity.
SGRE UK managing director Clark MacFarlane said, “SGRE is delighted again to be working with Ørsted in delivering the world’s largest offshore wind farm for the third time in the UK, building on London Array and Hornsea One. This latest collaboration with Ørsted sees a doubling of capacity and a halving of cost per MW/h over London Array, installed five years ago. Only by using our latest technology and working closely with the customer in every aspect of the project has this been possible. Long may our collaboration continue as we help drive our industry forward.”