Race Bank, a new offshore windfarm off the east coast of the UK, is to be formally opened today (13 June 2018).
It is capable of generating 573 MW of electricity from 91 Siemens Gamesa 6 MW turbines. Many of the turbines feature the first blades to be manufactured at the Siemens Gamesa blade factory in Hull.
The windfarm is located off the North Norfolk coast and is operated from Ørsted’s East Coast Hub in Grimsby, the UK’s largest offshore wind operations and maintenance base.
The project has a new way of carrying out offshore maintenance, using a service operation vessel (SOV) that remains offshore with technicians working shifts of 14 days on and 14 days off.
Ørsted UK managing director Matthew Wright described Race Bank as a “hugely significant and innovative project” featuring the first turbine blades to be made in Hull and the company’s first windfarm in the UK to be operated using a new SOV.
He said it was also one of the fastest projects the company has built, with a fantastic safety record, which is testament to the hard work of the project team and the great relationship with project partners.
Race Bank is owned by Ørsted (50%), Macquarie European Infrastructure Fund 5 (25%), Sumitomo Corporation (12.5%) and funds advised by the Green Investment Group, Arjun Infrastructure Partners and Gravis Capital Management (12.5%). It is the 10th UK offshore windfarm that Ørsted either owns and partly owns.