Ørsted has installed its 1,500th offshore wind turbine with which the world’s leading offshore wind developer reached 7 GW of capacity installed.
Ørsted achieved this milestone recently after installing the 25th Siemens Gamesa 8 MW wind turbine on the 752 MW Borssele 1 & 2 wind farm in the Dutch North Sea.
Before construction start at Borssele, Ørsted had already installed 6.8 GW offshore wind capacity globally.
The Danish company is currently constructing 3 GW of offshore wind and aims to have installed a total of 15 GW by 2025 in Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, Taiwan, UK, and the US.
“Offshore wind has matured at a rapid pace and can now be considered a cornerstone in the green transformation many places in the world,” Anders Lindberg, Executive Vice President, Offshore EPC & QHSE, said.
”The 1,500 offshore wind turbines installed by Ørsted will contribute significantly to a greener future, but there’s no doubt that the potential of offshore wind reaches far beyond that. Today, offshore wind power is not only a clean, but also a cost-competitive alternative to power generated by burning of fossil fuels.”
Ørsted installed the world’s first offshore wind turbine at Vindeby, Denmark, in 1991. The entire offshore wind farm, consisting of 11 turbines, had a capacity of 5MW.
In 2012, 21 years after Vindeby, Ørsted installed its 500th turbine, which was achieved at Walney Offshore wind farm in the UK. The 1,000th followed four years later at the German Gode Wind 1 & 2 project.