First Turbine Up at World’s Largest Offshore Wind Farm

The first of the total 165 wind turbines has been installed on the Hornsea Two offshore wind farm in the UK, where the wind turbine installation phase began this week, as reported in our Premium news on 27 May.

DEME’s installation vessel Sea Challenger, loaded with the first set of turbine components, arrived at the Hornsea Two site in the UK on 26 May.

As the wind turbine installation is now picking up pace, foundation installation is still underway at the site some 89 kilometres north-east of Grimsby, where offshore construction started in early October 2020. The foundations are being installed by DEME’s Innovation and Cadeler’s Wind Orca.

Over the coming months, a new service operations vessel (SOV) will also join the project. Wind of Hope, which has been built in Turkey on behalf of Louis Dreyfus Armateurs, is expected to arrive at the port in Grimsby this summer before heading off to the Hornsea Two offshore wind farm.

The 1.4 GW offshore wind farm, developed by Ørsted, will comprise 165 Siemens Gamesa 8.4 MW wind turbines, an offshore substation, and a reactive compensation station (RCS).

Once commissioned in 2022, Hornsea Two will become the largest operating wind farm in the world, taking the mantle from its sister project 1.2 GW Hornsea One.

Photo: Ørsted