Global infrastructure group Balfour Beatty has received a multi-million-pound contract from Ørsted to build an onshore substation for the offshore wind farm, Hornsea Project Two.

The onshore substation will be built on the east coast of England and will transform the power produced by the wind farm before connecting to the National Grid.

Balfour Beatty Kilpatrick will be responsible for providing mechanical and electrical services for the new facility.

"The wind farm will become operational in 2022 and will have the capacity to supply clean electricity to more than 1.3 million homes."

Hornsea Projects One and Two programme director Duncan Clark said: “We’re delighted that Balfour Beatty will continue to work with us on these huge offshore wind farm projects.

“Having already constructed onshore substations for three of our other projects, this contract continues the long-term partnership between Ørsted and Balfour Beatty.

“Their team is already on site having nearly finished Hornsea Project One’s substation, and having this continuity of the team will ensure optimum efficiencies.

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“We’re committed to investing in the UK and we’re very pleased to be working with a UK firm that we have confidence will deliver a good quality build, on time and most importantly, with a continued high focus on safety.”

The wind farm will become operational in 2022 and will have the capacity to supply clean electricity to more than 1.3 million homes. It is expected to exceed the capacity of its sister project Hornsea Project One.

Balfour Beatty North and Midlands managing director Thomas Edgcumbe said: “Having recently completed works to Hornsea Project One, this award is testament to the long-standing relationship we have built with Ørsted over the past few years.

“We’re proud to continue this momentum, and look forward to successfully and safely delivering the substation; providing clean power to millions of homes across the UK.”

Balfour Beatty, which supported the enabling works phase earlier this year, will now begin main build works that are slated for completion in 2020.