“Milestone of the millennium”: Ørsted installs the 1000th
The world’s largest offshore wind developer Ørsted said this week it has installed its 1,000th offshore wind turbine in UK waters.
“As part of the installation of the Hornsea Two offshore wind farm, the 16th turbine to be erected on the site symbolizes the world leader in the millennial stage of offshore wind,” Ørsted said in a statement.
The Denmark-based company has been building offshore wind farms in the UK since 2004 when it was awarded its first project, the Barrow offshore wind farm.
According to Ørsted, Hornsea Two, where the milestone of the 1,000th turbine was reached, will, with its 165 turbines, become the largest offshore wind farm in the world when completed in 2022.
Duncan Clark, UK region manager for Ørsted, said: “This is an important milestone for the UK business, industry and journey to a cleaner energy system. The UK is the world leader in offshore wind, with the largest installed capacity and projects like Hornsea Two are helping the country make significant progress towards the government’s legally binding net zero targets.
“The transformation we have seen since our first offshore wind installations 15 years ago is simply incredible – with turbines more than doubling in size and the cost of electricity produced falling by more than half.”
“When Hornsea Two is completed in 2022, our UK fleet of offshore wind farms will be able to generate enough clean electricity to power more than 5.5 million homes. ”
UK Business and Energy Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng said: “With the largest installed capacity in the world, the UK is a true global leader in offshore wind. Ørsted’s milestone not only supports our climate commitments, but demonstrates how far the UK has come in offshore wind in just 15 years, providing green and cheap energy to tens of thousands of homes and supporting good quality jobs. I
With a total of 12 complete offshore wind farms in the UK, Ørsted’s sites are capable of producing enough green electricity to power over 4.2 million homes per year. That figure will rise to more than 5.5 million homes when the company’s current construction projects become operational.
- 165 Siemens Gamesa 8MW turbines
- Hornsea Two will have a capacity of 1.4 GW and provide electricity to more than 1.3 million homes
- Located approximately 89 km off the Yorkshire coast in the North Sea
- Hornsea Two will cover an offshore area of 462 km²
- Landing at Horseshoe Point
- Becomes fully operational in 2022