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World’s largest windfarm gets its final turbine

Gavin Nicholls

One Million homes set to benefit

Work is set to be completed on what is claimed to be the world’s largest offshore windfarm, with the installation of its final turbine
Developer Ørsted tells us that one single rotation from the 7MW Siemens Gamesa windturbine at the Hornsea One offshore wind farm, in Yorkshire should be able to deliver enough output to power a single UK home for more than a day .
The blades handcrafted in Hull are 75 metres long, with each set of three picked for the closest match in characteristics to avoid any being out of balance.
A total of 174 turbines have already been installed and when fully completed, the wind farm will be able to generate enough electricity to power more than a million homes in the UK.
Located around 120km off the Yorkshire coast, it is said to be the furthest offshore wind farm every built from the shore.
Duncan Clark, Ørsted Programme Director for Hornsea One added: “The milestone of this last turbine being installed only nine months after the first one was erected is just one small part of this record-breaking project. Hornsea One has truly paved the way for the next generation of offshore wind farms.
“At the time of taking on the project, it’s scale and the technical pioneering required seemed a Herculean challenge but a truly extraordinary effort from all those involved have managed to make this impressive feat of engineering the new norm.
“We have benefitted from fantastic working relationships with contractors and suppliers, and that includes vessel providers who have maintained a constant stream of communication to ensure that turbine installation has been concluded on time and within budget.”

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