Ørsted Gives Construction Update on Major Offshore Wind Farms

116 out of 165 Siemens Gamesa 8.4 MW wind turbines have been installed at Hornsea Two, soon to be the largest offshore wind farm in the world, Ørsted said.

Illustration; Installation of Siemens Gamesa Turbine at Hornsea Two; Photo: Ørsted

142 inter-array cables have also been installed at the site some 89 kilometres off the Yorkshire coast, the UK.

As reported earlier, both offshore substation topsides and the final of the 165 monopile foundations were installed at the site in October.

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The first power from the 1,386 GW wind farm is expected later this year when the offshore transmission asset gets connected to the grid.

Ørsted plans to fully commission Hornsea Two during the first half of 2022.

Greater Changhua 1 and 2a

In Taiwan, Ørsted reported that 11 out of the 111 jacket foundations have been installed at the 900 MW Greater Changhua 1 and 2a.

”We continue to make good progress in all areas of the construction, and installation of wind turbines and array cables is expected to commence in February 2022. However, Taiwan continues to be affected by COVID-19 restrictions, which could potentially affect the construction schedule and eventually lead to possible delays,” Ørsted said in its Interim report for the third quarter of 2021.

The company has also recently showcased the first jacket foundation 100 per cent built in Taiwan, which will be installed at Greater Changhua 1 and 2a.

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The Changhua 1 and 2a offshore wind farms will comprise a total of 111 Siemens Gamesa 8 MW turbines installed at the site some 35 to 50 kilometres off the coast of Changhua County.

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The offshore construction will be carried out during 2021 and 2022, with the project expected to be fully up and running in 2022.