Hornsea — offshore wind farm — 5 GW, UK, 2020

Feb 15, 2019 – The first turbine at the first stage of the world’s biggest offshore wind farm Hornsea has been installed and is now producing electricity.

Hornsea 1 — 1.2 GW

The first 1,218 MW stage of the vast Hornsea project is located 120 km off Great Britain‘s eastern Yorkshire Coast and will consist of 174 Siemens Gamesa 7MW turbines.

The wind farm is a joint venture between Danish energy company Ørsted and Global Infrastructure Partners.

To date, 172 out of 174 monopile foundations have been installed at the site, and turbine installation is expected to continue until late summer 2019.

The electricity generated by the turbines will pass via undersea cables through one of three massive offshore substations, and the world’s first offshore reactive compensation station, all fully installed, before reaching shore at Horseshoe Point, Lincolnshire. The electricity is then transported via underground cables to the onshore substation in North Killingholme, where it connects to the UK National Grid, in order to reach well over one million homes in the UK.

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