Denmark-based Dong Energy has decided to commence construction on the 580MW Race Bank offshore wind project in the UK, following a final investment decision.
The wind facility is planned to be built in the Greater Wash area, nearly 27km away from the east coast. It will be developed and operated under the 1.8 Renewables Obligation Certificate (ROC) scheme offered by the UK Government.
It is expected that the wind power facility will be fully operational from 2018. The wind power facility will be able to meet the energy requirements of more than 400,000 households.
The offshore facility will be equipped with 91 Siemens wind turbines, each of which will have a generation capacity of 6MW.
Dong Energy had also awarded a separate contract to NKT Holding to supply export cable systems for the project by the end of last year.
Denmark-based NKT confirmed about the DKK595m (about EUR 80m) order, which entails delivery of more than 150km of 220kV high voltage submarine export cables.
NKT will now start production for the cables in Cologne, Germany, the first batch for which is likely to be ready for installation in 2017.
Dong Energy executive vice-president Samuel Leupold said: "The Race Bank offshore wind farm is yet another enabler for the growth of the offshore wind supply chain in UK, and the project will create jobs in the UK at all levels of the supply chain.
"The size of this project will enable us to utilise the economies of scale to continue to drive down cost of electricity produced by offshore wind farms.
This is a must win battle and we are getting one step closer with the decision to build this offshore wind farm."
Subsea power cables for the offshore wind farm will be supplied by JDR. As well as designing and manufacturing 110km of 36kV inter-array cables, the firm will also be responsible for the offshore testing and termination services at the wind farm.
Image: The 580MW Race Bank offshore wind farm will deliver enough energy for more than 400,000 homes in the UK. Photo: courtesy of NKT Cables.