Ørsted has selected Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy as the exclusive supplier for the wind turbines for Hornsea Project Two, which will be the world’s largest offshore windfarm when operational in 2022.
The project will use Siemens Gamesa’s 8 MW, 167 m diameter rotor turbine, with most of the turbine blades delivered from the Siemens Gamesa factory in Hull in the UK.
As part of the agreement, Siemens Gamesa also plans to partly source the wind turbine towers from the UK.
Hornsea Project Two will be built 89 km from the Yorkshire coast and will have a capacity of 1.4 GW. It will be operated from Ørsted’s new operations and maintenance hub in Grimsby, where construction is underway.
Ørsted’s programme director for Hornsea Project Two said “We are pleased to have selected Siemens Gamesa for the delivery of turbines for the windfarm.
“The Siemens Gamesa factory in Hull has already been producing blades for our Race Bank and Walney Extension and will produce the majority of blades for Hornsea Project One.
“This selection paves the way for more, and even larger, UK-made blades at a UK offshore windfarm, underlining this country's world-leading position in the sector.
“Hornsea Project Two is a game-changing renewable energy project in terms of both size and cost, and this selection is an important step in the procurement and construction process.”
Hornsea Project Two was awarded a contract for difference (CfD) at the lowest-ever price for offshore wind in the UK in September 2017.
The strike is 50% lower than the previous round of CfD allocations in 2015.
When operational, Hornsea Project Two will surpass the giant 1.2 GW Hornsea Project One – currently being constructed by Ørsted – as the world's biggest offshore windfarm. Ørsted is also in the consultation process for Hornsea Project Three.