A 1.4 GW offshore wind farm that is located approximately 89 km off the Yorkshire coast in the UK. When completed in 2022, it will be the world’s largest offshore wind farm, able to meet the electricity needs of 1.3 million homes, while bringing further opportunity for economic growth to the Humber region. The contract to build was awarded in 2017, at record low 57.5 £/MWh (including transformer station and cable to shore).
Hornsea 2 will be located 89km off the Yorkshire Coast and will, when fully operational in 2022 become the world’s biggest offshore wind farm, capable of powering well over 1.3 million UK homes throughout its operating life of at least 25 years. The wind farm will use 165 turbines, each of 8 MW capacity.
Siemens Gamesa Renewables (SGRE) will provide all 165 8MW turbines, with the majority of the turbine blades to be manufactured at the SGRE facility in Greenport, Hull. The project will use the first ever 81m blades to be manufactured in the UK, as big as an Airbus’ 380 total wingspan, and when assembled the turbines will have a rotor diameter of 167m, the largest available on the market.
As part of the agreement SGRE also plans to partly source the wind turbine towers from the UK, further strengthening the UK supply chain.
Duncan Clark, Programme Director for Hornsea Projects 1 and 2, 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, and we feel proud to have supported that through our leading contracts with SGRE.”
Matthew Wright, Managing Director for Ørsted UK:
“Successive governments deserve great credit for providing the certainty for continued investment in offshore wind, enabling it to become the thriving renewable industry it is today. Costs are falling rapidly, long-term and highly-skilled jobs are being created across the North of England and the UK supply chain is going from strength to strength. We’re now really seeing the benefits of this commitment to offshore wind and there is still so much more to come. Indeed, it has the potential to play a key part in the realisation of the UK’s industrial strategy.”