Ørsted makes largest single order in offshore wind history

Offshore wind turbines. Source: Ørsted

June 28 (Renewables Now) - Ørsted (CPH:ORSTED) has officially placed a “multi-million pound” order for Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy SA (BME:SGRE) to deliver turbines for the 1,386-MW Hornsea Project Two offshore wind farm in British waters.

The Danish energy group said on Thursday it has purchased 165 units of SGRE’s 8-MW machines, which is the largest single order in the history of offshore wind energy. Most of the turbine blades will be manufactured at the SGRE facility in Greenport, Hull. The supplier also intends to partly source the wind turbine towers from the UK.

“This latest collaboration with Ørsted sees a doubling of capacity and a halving of cost per MW/h over London Array, installed five years ago,” commented SGRE UK managing director Clark MacFarlane.

Ørsted took a final investment decision on the 1,386-MW project off the Yorkshire coast in September 2017, after being awarded a contract for difference (CfD) at a record low price for the UK of GBP 57.50 (USD 75.3/EUR 65) per MWh.

Hornsea Project Two is expected to enter into service in 2022, at which point it will become the largest offshore wind farm in the world, overtaking its sister project, the 1,218-MW Hornsea Project One.

(GBP 1.0 = USD 1.309/EUR 1.130)

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