Orsted has officially opened a new windfarm today, capable of powering over 500,000 UK homes a year.
Race Bank, which is the fifrth largest wind farm in the world, is located 17miles off the Norfolk coast and is operated through Orsted’s east coast hub in Grimsby.
Orsted, which is Denmark’s largest energy firm, operates and owns 50% of the development.
Race Bank includes 91 six mega-watt turbines, capable of producing 573 MW of green electricity.
The windfarm covers a total area of 75 square kilometres.
Matthew Wright, Managing Director at Orsted UK, said:“Race Bank is a fantastic infrastructure project and underlines Ørsted’s contribution to the UK’s energy transition. It’s also another clear signal of our firm commitment to Grimsby and the Humber, and the UK supply chain for offshore wind.
“Race Bank is a hugely significant and innovative project, featuring the first ever turbine blades to be made in Hull and becoming our first wind farm in the UK to be operated using a new Service Operation Vessel. It’s also one of the fastest projects we have ever built, with a fantastic safety record, and this is testament to the hard work of the project team and the great relationship we have with our partners.
“Powering over half a million homes every year, Race Bank is another positive step towards delivering the UK’s decarbonised energy system of the future.”