Siemens Gamesa completes Hull blade order for Scotland's biggest wind farm

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 16 May 2019

The last of more than 250 turbine blades manufactured by Siemens Gamesa in Hull for Scotland’s largest wind farm have been installed.

Beatrice Offshore Wind Farm, a joint venture which includes energy company SSE Renewables, can now generate enough clean electricity to power over 450,000 homes.

All of the turbine blades for the world’s fourth largest offshore site – and Scotland’s biggest – have been manufactured at Hull’s Alexandra Dock facility.

A total of 84 turbines make up the site, with 252 Siemens Gamesa blades.

Business Secretary Greg Clark said of the announcement: “The offshore wind sector is a UK success story, and the completion of this wind farm is further evidence that the UK is the best place to invest in renewable energy. 

“In working with the government, the sector has shown it can deliver ever larger projects at ever lower costs while creating skilled, fulfilling, well-paid jobs.

The Beatrice offshore wind farm in Scotland is the fourth largest in the world (SSE)

“Our ground-breaking sector deal, signed earlier this year, will drive £250m into businesses in the UK offshore wind supply chain – keeping the UK at the forefront of this vibrant 21st century industry.”

Each of Beatrice’s 84 turbines, at 188m from sea level to blade tip, stand taller than the London Eye, and Beatrice is the largest offshore wind farm in the world to use jacket foundations. 

The jackets weigh around 1,000 tonnes each and are the deepest water fixed foundations of any wind farm in the world, installed in water depths of over 56m.

Read more: Wind turbine sales up at Siemens Gamesa in strong start to 2019

As the Beatrice’s majority shareholder, SSE Renewables led on the construction process and will manage operations and maintenance from a new base in Wick.

The company has also invested £20m in the Scottish coastal town, to redevelop the harbour front.

The Beatrice offshore wind farm in Scotland is the fourth largest in the world (SSE)

Jim Smith, managing director at SSE Renewables, said: “Completing the offshore construction at Beatrice is a testament to the capabilities of SSE Renewables and our project partners.

“Delivering one of Scotland’s largest ever private investments on time and under budget is a fantastic achievement given its complexity and we would like to thank everyone who has helped us make the project a reality.”

Read more: Siemens boss' pride over transformation of Hull dock after £310m investment

The final Siemens Gamesa turbine has now been installed at the site.

It brings the offshore wind farm’s total capacity to 588MW.

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