Successful first week for Hornsea Project One build-out
BUSY WEEK: Hornsea Project One is off the ground... or seabed!
By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 31 Jan 2018
THE first load-out of monopiles for Hornsea Project One has been fully installed, within a week of the specialist vessel and crew’s first sailing.
The process, which will now be regularly repeated in the weeks and months ahead – ramping up with the addition of the substations and cable linking – forms the initial phase of the intensive, co-ordinated delivery of what will emerge as the world’s largest offshore wind farm being operated and maintained from Grimsby.
Hull’s role in assembly and manufacturing will kick in too, with owner Ørsted having selected Siemens to deliver the 7MW turbines, and with it blades from the North Bank site.
As reported last week as the installation began, first flights were also witnessed from Humberside Airport as workers were taken via helicopter to meet the specialist jack-up vessel Innovation.
Having taken the first load-out from Flushing, Holland, the specialist jack-up vessel has now sailed to Teesside, where it will load-up with the first British-built elements, monopiles from EEW Special Pipes Constructions.
After the inaugural installation, Duncan Clark, Ørsted’s programme director for the project, said: “After years of planning and preparation it is fantastic to see the initial stages of offshore construction begin. My thanks to the teams working day and night on this significant milestone.
“Onshore alongside substation and cable installation, we are now developing the East Coast Hub which will serve as an operations and maintenance base for our existing wind farms in the area and both Hornsea Project One, and Project Two for which we took a final investment decision on last year.
“These wind farms will not only greatly contribute to the UK’s goal of decarbonising our energy system, they are also bringing jobs and investment to Grimsby and the North East.”
A total of 500 jobs are being created by the Danish giant as it builds out a strong pipeline of projects off the Humber, while up in Teesside, the monopile manufacturing base will be at full capacity until autumn this year.
When fully operational, expected in 2020, Hornsea Project One will produce enough power for well over one million homes.