Hull's role renewed as Ørsted selects Siemens Gamesa for world’s biggest offshore wind farm

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 14 Feb 2018

HULL'S blades have been confirmed for Ørsted's Hornsea Project Two offshore wind farm, after it selected Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy as exclusive supplier of the wind turbines.

The project, another world leader when it is scheduled to enter operations in 2022, will deploy the company's 8MW turbine with 167 metre rotor, with the majority of the blades to be manufactured on the Humber.

As part of the agreement, SGRE also plans to partly source the wind turbine towers from the UK.

Hornsea Project Two will be built 89 kilometres from the Yorkshire coast and has a capacity of 1.4 gigawatts (GW), meaning it will produce enough green energy to power over 1.3 million UK homes. Hornsea Project Two will be operated from Ørsted’s new operations and maintenance hub in Grimsby, where construction is underway.

Duncan Clark, programme director for Hornsea Project Two, said: “We’re pleased to have selected Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) for the delivery of turbines for the world’s biggest offshore wind farm. The SGRE factory in Hull has already been producing blades for our Race Bank and Walney Extension projects, and will produce the majority of blades for Hornsea Project One. This selection paves the way for more, and even larger, UK made blades at a UK offshore wind farm, underlining this country’s world-leading position in the sector.

“Hornsea Project Two is a game-changing renewable energy project in terms of both size and cost, and this selection is an important step in the procurement and construction process. We look forward to working with SGRE and other suppliers to bring to life this transformational project.”

Hornsea Project Two was awarded a Contract for Difference (CfD) at the lowest-ever price for offshore wind in the UK in September 2017. The strike price is 50 per cent lower than the previous round of CfD allocations in 2015.

When operational, Hornsea Project Two will surpass the giant 1.2GW Hornsea Project One – currently being constructed by Ørsted – as the world’s biggest offshore wind farm. Ørsted is also in the consultation process for Hornsea Project Three.

Andreas Nauen, offshore chief executive at SGRE, said: "We are very pleased that Ørsted has placed its trust in Siemens Gamesa once again. Hornsea Project Two will be a benchmark in Europe, not only on account of its size but also its technology.

“Siemens Gamesa will install the newest model from its offshore platform at this facility. The SG 8.0- 167 boosts annual output by 20 per cent and offers higher returns.”

Pre-assembly work for the turbines will also be carried out at the Hull site, ahead of sailing to the farm, while other components will be produced at SGRE’s new factory in Cuxhaven, Germany.

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