RaceBank, a newoffshore wind farm capable of powering over half a million UK homes, willbe officially opened at a ceremony in Grimsby today (13th June 2018).
RaceBank is ownedby ˜rsted (50%), Macquarie European Infrastructure Fund 5 (25%), SumitomoCorporation (12.5%) and funds advised by the Green Investment Group, ArjunInfrastructure Partners and Gravis Capital Management (12.5%).
RaceBank is capableof generating 573MW of green electricity from its 91 Siemens Gamesa SWT-6.0-154wind turbines. Many of these turbines feature the first blades to be manufacturedat the Siemens Gamesa blade factory in Hull.
The wind farm is located off the North Norfolk coast and is operated from˜rsted”s East Coast Hub in Grimsby.
The project features a new way of carrying out offshore maintenance, usinga new Service Operation Vessel (SOV) that remains offshore with techniciansworking shifts of 14 days on and 14 days off.
Matthew Wright, Managing Director at ˜rsted UK, said: “Race Bank isa fantastic infrastructure project and underlines ˜rsted”s contributionto the UK”s energy transition. It”s also another clear signal of ourfirm commitment to Grimsby and the Humber, and the UK supply chain foroffshore wind.
“Race Bank is a hugely significant and innovative project, featuring thefirst ever turbine blades to be made in Hull and becoming our first windfarm in the UK to be operated using a new Service Operation Vessel. It”salso one of the fastest projects we have ever built, with a fantastic safetyrecord, and this is testament to the hard work of the project team andthe great relationship we have with our partners.
“Powering over half a million homes every year, Race Bank is another positivestep towards delivering the UK”s decarbonised energy system of the future.”
David Tilstone, Managing Director at Macquarie Infrastructure and RealAssets, said: “The delivery of this landmark project has set new standardsfor construction safety and speed, and marks a significant milestone inthe UK”s transition to a low carbon economy. We are pleased to see thepositive contribution Race Bank is already making to the Humber, and welook forward to working closely with our investment partners in the deliveryof clean energy for years to come.”
Hisayuki Doi, General Manager of the Global Renewable IPP Department atSumitomo Corporation said: “Sumitomo Corporation (SC) is particularlyimpressed by the quality and precision, how the Race Bank project has beenrealized; on time and budget, and most importantly: without any seriousaccidents.
“Race Bank is setting a new and very important milestone for SC towardsa greener and more renewable portfolio.
“SC will further endeavor to explore the path towards a sustainable future,and SC is especially pleased of having the opportunity to walk along thispath together with Orsted and Macquarie.”
RaceBank becomesthe 10th UK offshore wind farm that ˜rsted either owns and partly owns,and together these projects provide over 3GW of green energy – enoughto power 2.7 million UK homes.
˜rsted has worked closely with a number of UK suppliers on the RaceBank project.These include J Murphy, working on the onshore substation and onshore exportcable installation, as well as cable manufacturers JDR and installationspecialists DeepOcean, both based in Teesside.
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