Humber Gateway offshore wind farm exceeds energy expectations in first year

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 15 Jun 2016

THE closest offshore wind farm to the Energy Estuary has exceeded electricity generation expectations in the first full year of operations. 

E.on's Humber Gateway, located a few kilometres off Spurn Point, had the 73 MHI Vestas turbines fully energised last spring. 

Aided by the particularly windy winter weather, it generated almost 854,400 MW hours of electricity to the end of May.

The site which has a capacity of 219MW, enough to power 170,000 homes, and moved into full operation two months ahead of schedule. Operated and maintained from Grimsby, it was officially opened by Energy Minster Andrea Leadsom MP in September.

Jon Beresford, Humber Gateway plant manager at E.on, said: “We’re very pleased to see such positive generation results in the first full year of operation which is testament to the efforts of our construction team, who reached the full generation milestone two months ahead of schedule and the smooth hand over to the operations team last summer.

“Over the last year the operations team based in Grimsby Fish Docks have worked particularly hard to ensure the site's safe and effective operation including the successful completion of three monthly servicing as required for the first year of operation. This will now move to annual servicing, meaning the site is expected to power more megawatt hours of electricity going forward.

“The wind farm has created 47 full time roles plus five local apprentices who we look forward to welcoming on site later this summer once they’ve complete their first year of training in the classroom.

"In our first year of operation we’ve also been delighted to have made a positive difference to 20 local projects through our Humber Gateway Community Support Fund and encourage any community groups and charities in need of extra support to apply this year.”

Humber Gateway team has also celebrated success after being awarded Best Renewable Energy Project in this year’s Humber Renewable Awards, and attained highly commended for Renewable Energy Installer of the Year in the Lincolnshire Energy Awards.

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