The team behind the Westermost Rough offshore wind farm are celebrating the successful installation of the final turbine at the 210MW project.
The last of the 35 turbines was lifted into position by the specialist jack-up vessel Sea Challenger on 27th March 2015.
Westermost Rough, located off the UK's East Coast, is the first offshore wind farm to make commercial use of the Siemens 6MW wind turbine. The wind farm is a joint venture between DONG Energy (50%) and its partners Marubeni Corporation (25%) and the UK Green Investment Bank (25%).
Duncan Clark, Programme Director for Westermost Rough at DONG Energy, said:
"This is a significant milestone for the project in which all the partners involved are breaking new ground for the industry by offshore deployment of 6MW turbines. It is also an important step in reducing the cost of energy from offshore wind."
He added: "Over 900 people have been employed on the offshore construction programme, and reaching installation of the final turbine with high levels of safety performance is a credit to their great teamwork.
"Our focus is now fully directed to safely finishing the commissioning work on the rest of the turbines, ensuring that they are all delivering clean, green energy to the UK grid this summer."
Turbine installation has been carried out using the new purpose-built vessel Sea Challenger which is owned by A2SEA. Siemens are supplying and commissioning the 6MW turbines.
Construction of the wind farm is being managed from DONG Energy's office in the Fish Dock, Grimsby on Britain's east coast, by a team of around 50 people. A permanent home for the wind farm's operations and maintenance team has also been built at the Royal Dock in Grimsby.
When fully operational, Westermost Rough will be capable of generating up to 210 megawatts (MW) of electricity – enough capacity to meet the annual electricity demands of over 150,000 UK homes.
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 65 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 UK Green Investment Bank:
UK Green Investment Bank plc (GIB) was launched in November 2012. With £3.8 billion of 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. www.greeninvestmentbank.com
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