Ørsted has ticked off a “major milestone” in the development of what will become the “world’s largest” offshore wind farm.
A total of 350,000 metres of onshore cable have been successfully installed across around 24 miles of land for the Hornsea Two project, which is currently under construction 55 miles from shore in the North Sea.
Preston-headquartered VolkerInfra carried out the fitting – the firm will also be responsible for ground reinstatement with work expected to wrap up later this year.
The cables stretch from Hornsea Two’s landfall point at Horseshoe Point in Lincolnshire up to North Killingholme on the southern bank of the Humber river.
Having been installed over a two-year period, the wires will be responsible for carrying green electricity up to the connection point to the national grid.
Once operational in 2022, the 165-turbine development will be capable of generating a total of 1.4 gigawatts (GW) of energy – enough to power more than 1.3 million homes.
The landmark follows hot on the heels of Hornsea Three, the next stage of the development, achieving development consent from the UK Government – Hornsea One become operational last year.
Mark Robinson, VolkerInfra senior operations manager said: “We’re delighted to have reached a significant milestone on this highly strategic project for our client Ørsted.
“The team has successfully completed the installation of three 220kV circuits along the 39km onshore cable route for the Hornsea two wind farm.
“The route runs from the coastal section at Horseshoe Point in Tetney, to the substation site in North Killingholme, and was delivered ahead of schedule. Well done and thank you to everyone involved.”
Luke Bridgeman, deputy director for Hornsea Two at Ørsted, said: “Our teams have persevered relentlessly throughout this pandemic, for which we are deeply thankful. They have maintained a clear focus on collaborative behaviours, ensuring that the works were delivered with the highest standards of safety and within the original project programme.”
David Morgan, senior project lead at Ørsted said: “It has been a difficult year to deliver a project of this scale but VolkerInfra has been a great partner to tackle this challenge with.”