FREDERICIA, Denmark – Ørsted has achieved first power from the Hornsea 2 offshore wind farm in the UK North Sea.
Once Hornsea 2 is completed, power will be transferred from the 165 wind turbines via 373 km (232 mi) of array cables to the offshore substation and reactive compensation station, reaching the national grid via 390 km (242 mi) of offshore and 40 km (25 mi) of onshore export cables which terminate at the substation in Killingholme.
When fully operational, Hornsea 2’s 165 8-MW Siemens Gamesa wind turbines are expected to generate 1.32 GW of electricity – taking the title of ‘world’s largest operating offshore wind farm’ from its sibling project Hornsea 1. Together, the two projects are expected to be able to provide enough power for more than 2.3 million homes.
Two more projects in the Hornsea Zone are also under way, the company said. Hornsea 3 received a development consent order in December 2020, and Hornsea 4 is currently going through the planning process.