Energy and Climate Change Minister Lord Bourne has hailed the opening of the Westermost Rough offshore wind farm.
Lord Bourne said:
"Westermost Rough will generate enough clean electricity to power over 150,000 homes and has brought significant new investment into the Grimsby area.
"It will play an important role in helping us secure an energy mix for families and businesses across the country that is diverse and home grown, once again demonstrating that there really is no better place in the world to invest in offshore wind."
Westermost Rough has been officially opened at a ceremony in Grimsby today.
The offshore wind farm is capable of generating up to 210 megawatts (MW) of electricity – enough to meet the annual electricity demands of well over 150,000 UK homes. It is the first offshore wind farm to make commercial use of 6MW wind turbines with 75 metre blades. Each of the 35 turbines in use is taller than the Humber Bridge.
Westermost Rough is a joint venture between DONG Energy (50%) and its partners Marubeni Corporation (25%) and the UK Green Investment Bank plc (25%).
Westermost Rough is located 8 kilometres (km) from the Holderness coast, approximately 25km north of Spurn Head at the River Humber estuary. Cables bring the power ashore on the Holderness Coast north of Withernsea and into the national grid at the Westermost Rough onshore substation on Staithes Road, Hedon outside Hull.
Notes to editors:
About DONG Energy:
DONG Energy is one of the leading energy groups in Northern Europe. Our business is based on procuring, producing, distributing and trading in energy and related products in Northern Europe. Headquartered in Denmark, DONG Energy has around 6,500 employees, including 600 in the UK. The Group generated DKK 67 billion (EUR 9.0 billion) in revenue in 2014. For further information, see www.dongenergy.co.uk
About Marubeni Corporation:
Marubeni Corporation, a large, publicly traded Japanese company, founded in 1858 and incorporated in 1949, has its principal office in Tokyo, Japan with 120 offices in 66 countries/areas. Marubeni is involved in the handling of products/services in a broad range of sectors and conducts business investment, development and management on a global level. As the owner of numerous projects, Marubeni is committed to creating long-term value from its investments in the power and infrastructure sector. For further information, see http://www.marubeni.com/
About the UK Green Investment Bank
UK Green Investment Bank plc (GIB) was launched in late 2012. With funding from the UK Government, it is the first bank of its kind in the world. It is a "for profit" bank, whose mission is to accelerate the UK's transition to a greener economy, and to create an enduring institution, operating independently of Government.
GIB is wholly owned by HM Government. The Company is not authorised or regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority or the Prudential Regulation Authority. A wholly owned subsidiary UK Green Investment Bank Financial Services Limited is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.