Full power output has been achieved at the Westermost Rough offshore wind farm, a major renewable energy project located off the UK's east coast.
Westermost Rough 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 the Siemens 6MW wind turbine, with each of the 35 turbines in use taller than the Humber Bridge.
Duncan Clark, Programme Director for Westermost Rough at DONG Energy, said:
"Westermost Rough achieving full power output is a hugely significant moment for the project. This is the first offshore wind farm in the world to use the Siemens 6MW turbines, which is an important step in reducing the cost of energy from offshore wind.
"The offshore construction programme has seen over 900 people employed in dozens of companies, and reaching full power production is a proud moment for all involved and a credit to their skills and hard work.
"The focus for Westermost Rough now is to safely finish final testing and ensure that the entire facility is handed over to the operations team in top condition, so that clean, green energy can continue to be delivered to the UK grid for the expected life of up to 25 years."
Westermost Rough is a joint venture between DONG Energy (50%) and its partners Marubeni Corporation (25%) and the UK Green Investment Bank plc (25%).
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.
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 UK Green Investment Bank plc:
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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