Electricity has been generated for the first time at Dong Energy’s Race Bank offshore windfarm off the north Norfolk coast in the UK.
With the initial turbines installed, power from the first turbine is now being exported to the national grid.
Race Bank will consist of 91 Siemens 6 megawatt (MW) turbines in total, including the first ever wind turbine blades manufactured at the Siemens blade factory in Hull which should be installed later in the year. Approximately two thirds (around 180) of the blades at Race Bank will come from the Siemens facility in Hull.
Race Bank programme director at Dong Energy Klaus Skoust Møller said: “I am delighted we have reached first power at Race Bank, which is an important milestone that proves every part of the transmission and generation equipment at the windfarm is successfully working. Construction is progressing well and on schedule. It will be great to see the first blades from Hull loaded out and installed on the remaining turbines in the coming weeks as well.”
Once all 91 turbines are installed, Race Bank will be capable of generating 573MW.
Construction of Race Bank is being managed from Dong Energy’s construction base in the Grimsby Fish Docks. Last year, the company announced plans to create the UK’s largest offshore wind operations and maintenance hub in Grimsby, which will serve Race Bank once it becomes operational.