Race Bank powers on to first base as initial energy generated
POWERED UP: The first Race Bank turbines are generating.
By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 18 May 2017
ELECTRICITY has been generated for the first time at Dong Energy’s Race Bank offshore wind farm.
With the initial turbines installed, power from the first turbine built out of Grimsby is now being exported to the national grid.
Race Bank will feature 91 Siemens 6MW turbines in total, including the first ever wind turbine blades manufactured at the Siemens factory in Hull, which are expected to be installed later in the year.
Approximately two thirds of the blades - around 180 - will come from the Humber plant.
Klaus Skoust Møller, Race Bank programme director at Dong Energy, said: "I’m delighted we’ve reached first power at Race Bank, which is an important milestone that proves every part of the transmission and generation equipment at the wind farm is successfully working. Construction is progressing well and on schedule.
“It will be great to see the first blades from Hull loaded out and installed on the remaining turbines in the coming weeks as well.”
Once all 91 turbines are installed, Race Bank - 17 miles off the Lincolnshire coast - will be capable of generating 573 MW of electricity – enough capacity to meet the annual electricity demands of over half a million UK homes.
Construction of Race Bank is being managed from Dong Energy's construction base in Port of Grimsby East.
Last year the Danish giant announced plans for a multi-million pound investment in the town to create the UK's largest offshore wind operations and maintenance hub, which will serve Race Bank once it becomes fully operational.