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Finish line in sight for Race Bank as final turbine is installed

The final wind turbine has been installed at Ørsted’s Race Bank Offshore Wind Farm, meaning all 91 turbines are now in place and capable of producing electricity.

Finish line in sight for Race Bank as final turbine is installed

The 573MW array, off the Lincolnshire coast, is the first to unite both banks of the Humber, with construction co-ordinated from Grimsby - where it will now be operated and maintained from - while featuring blades made in Hull. 

It has been delivered on schedule, and is anticipated to be fully operational in early 2018 when all commissioning is complete.

David Summers, project director for Race Bank at Ørsted UK, said: “I’m delighted that all 91 turbines have been successfully installed at Race Bank. This has been one of the more difficult projects to execute with challenging seabed conditions and a complex export cable route. 

“Construction has progressed well and we’re right on schedule – this is an important milestone to reach.

“I’d like to thank the team here at Ørsted who have worked with great passion and commitment to achieve this.  I would also like to thank our suppliers and contractors who have collaborated with us on this project as they are a big part of the success story.  We’re now looking forward to completing construction and seeing a fully operational wind farm next year that will be capable of powering more than half a million UK homes.”

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Located 17 miles off Chapel St Leonards, the emergence of the 91 Siemens 6MW turbines has taken Grimsby through the 1GW milestone. 

From new dedicated buildings located around both Port of Grimsby East and Royal Dock, the town now controls 1,466 MW, spread through 328 turbines across six farms. Employment is understood to be closing in on 1,000 people, with Ørsted alone heading towards 500.

Next comes the huge Hornsea Zones, with the world’s largest wind farm to be built (Hornsea Project One at 1.2GW) from early next year, then quickly usurped (Hornsea project Two is 1.4GW).  Innogy’s Triton Knoll will also significantly boost the cluster, although its base has yet to be confirmed.

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Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy’s UK managing director, Clark MacFarlane, said: “Installation of the final turbine on any project is always a cause for celebration, but especially so for the completion of the Race Bank project. We will always associate Race Bank with the initial batch of turbine blades delivered from our Hull factory, a turning point in the UK renewable energy industry.”

Ørsted owns a 50 per cent stake, having been a wind farm attracting some of the earliest investor buy-in. Macquarie European Infrastructure Fund Five holds 25 per cent, with Macquarie Capital and Sumitomo Corporation sharing the balance.

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