Ørsted has placed a multi-million pound order with Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy for the turbines for the Hornsea Project Two offshore windfarm.
When operational in 2022, Hornsea Project Two will overtake sister project, Hornsea Project One, to become the largest offshore windfarm in the world. It will have a capacity of 1,386 MW.
The deal is Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy's (SGRE's) largest ever wind turbine order. The company will provide all 165 8 MW turbines, with the majority of the turbine blades to be manufactured at the SGRE facility in Greenport, Hull, in the northeast of the UK. The project will use the first ever 81 m blades to be manufactured in the UK.
As part of the agreement SGRE also plans to partly source the wind turbine towers from the UK, further strengthening the UK supply chain.
Hornsea Project One programme director Duncan Clark said “With our East Coast Hub in construction in Grimsby and the SGRE facility in Hull, it’s clear to see the Humber area really is creating a world-leading cluster in offshore wind. The SGRE investment in the Hull facility has brought hundreds of jobs to the area.”
SGRE UK managing director Clark MacFarlane said, “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.”