Danish renewables giant Ørsted has successfully installed the first turbine for a major North Sea offshore wind farm.
Once complete, Hornsea Two will be capable of generating 1.4 gigawatts (GW) of clean electricity, enough to power more than 1.3 million homes.
Located about 55 miles from shore and adjacent to Hornsea One, the world’s current largest offshore wind farm, the sister site will take over its title in 2022.
DEME Offshore’s Sea Challenger vessel left Hull with the first load out of turbines earlier this week.
It was equipped with components for four individual turbines, including the new 81 meter long blades, manufactured at Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy’s blade factory the Yorkshire city.
A total of 165 8 megawatt (MW) Siemens turbines will be installed offshore, each standing 200 meters above sea level, with a swept diameter of 167 meters.
The first turbine foundation for Hornsea Two was installed in October last year.
In the coming months, a new service operations vessel, the Wind of Hope, is due to arrive in Grimsby as work on the development begins to ramp up.
Built in Turkey on behalf of owners Louis Dreyfus Armateurs, the ship will act as the accommodation for engineers.
Patrick Harnett, senior programme director for Hornsea Two at Ørsted said: “I am incredibly proud of the way our teams have worked collaboratively during this difficult time to ensure that our plans for installation were able to go ahead as planned.
“Hornsea Two will be the world’s largest and offshore wind farm and is already paving the way for future renewable energy projects which will have a significant impact on our mission to reach Net Zero.”