Ørsted opens 573-MW Race Bank offshore wind farm in UK

The Race Bank offshore wind farm. Source: Ørsted (www.orsted.co.uk).

June 13 (Renewables Now) - Danish offshore wind powerhouse Ørsted A/S (CPH:ORSTED) is today opening the 573-MW Race Bank offshore wind farm off the North Norfolk coast in the UK.

Powered by 91 Siemens Gamesa 6-MW turbines, the wind park can produce enough electricity for over half a million UK homes. It is operated from Ørsted’s East Coast Hub in Grimsby, where the opening ceremony will be held.

Ørsted owns 50% of the project, while the balance is held by Macquarie European Infrastructure Fund 5 with 25%, Sumitomo Corp (TYO:8053) with 12.5%, and funds advised by the Green Investment Group, Arjun Infrastructure Partners and Gravis Capital Management with 12.5%.

Matthew Wright, managing director at Ørsted UK, said that Race Bank, which reached full power in February, is “a hugely significant and innovative project, featuring the first ever turbine blades to be made in Hull and becoming our first wind farm in the UK to be operated using a new Service Operation Vessel.” Under a new approach to offshore maintenance, the service operation vessel remains offshore with technicians working shifts of 14 days on and 14 days off, the company explained.

Race Bank is the 10th offshore wind farm owned or partly owned by Ørsted in the UK. The 10 facilities have a combined capacity of more than 3 GW.  

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