February 15 (Renewables Now) - The first turbine of the 1,218-MW Hornsea 1 offshore wind farm in the North Sea, the world’s biggest such facility, has been installed and is now generating power.
This was announced today by Danish energy group Ørsted A/S (CPH:ORSTED), which co-owns the project with Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP) after selling a 50% stake to the latter in November 2018.
Hornsea 1 is being built 120 km (75 miles) off the Yorkshire coast, where a total of 174 Siemens Gamesa turbines of 7 MW each will be erected. Ørsted said that, presently, 172 out of 174 monopile foundations have been installed and that turbine installation will continue until late in the summer of 2019. The project is expected to be concluded by the first quarter of 2020.
Upon completion, Hornsea 1 will leapfrog the 659-MW Walney Extension offshore wind farm in the Irish Sea, which Ørsted officially opened in September.