Ørsted, has announced that its Hornsea 1 wind farm off the coast of Yorkshire (Britain) is ready to supply its first power to the UK electricity grid this week.
The Danish developer will be installing the first of 174 turbines at Hornsea One, which when accomplished will be double the capacity of the world’s largest offshore wind farm. With Ørsted, ready to step up its strategy and fill the gap left by failed nuclear power schemes.
The project will span over 407 sq. km. practically five times the size of the nearby city of Hull. At 1.2 GW of capacity, it will power 1 million homes, making it about twice as powerful as today’s biggest offshore wind farm, the Walney Extension (659 MW) off the Cumbrian coast also developed by Ørsted, once it is completed in the second half of this year.
“The ability to produce clean electricity offshore at this scale is a internationally noteworthy milestone at a time when urgent action needs to be taken to deal with climate change,” said Matthew Wright, UK Managing Director, Ørsted.
The power station is only the initial of four planned in the area, with a green light and subsidies by now awarded to a second phase due for conclusion in the early 2020s.
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