Ørsted has reached a significant milestone with the installation of its 1500th offshore wind turbine at the Borssele 1 & 2 offshore wind farm located in the Dutch North Sea.

Before construction started at Borssele 1 & 2, the company had installed 6.8GW offshore wind capacity globally.

Ørsted is currently constructing 3GW of offshore wind and aims to have installed a total of 15GW by 2025 in Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, Taiwan, UK and the US.

Ørsted Offshore EPC & QHSE executive vice-president Anders Lindberg said: “The 1,500 offshore wind turbines installed by Ørsted will contribute significantly to a greener future, but there’s no doubt that the potential of offshore wind reaches far beyond that.

“Today, offshore wind power is not only a clean, but also a cost-competitive alternative to power generated by burning of fossil fuels.”

Going forward, Ørsted will use larger turbines to more than double its offshore wind capacity.

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In 1991, the company installed the world’s first offshore wind turbine at Vindeby, Denmark. The entire offshore wind farm with 11 turbines had a capacity of 5MW.

Ørsted installed its 500th turbine in 2012 at Walney Offshore Wind Farm in the UK. The 1,000th installation was carried out four years later at the German Gode Wind 1 & 2 project.

In October last year, Ørsted announced the installation of its final wind turbine at Hornsea One offshore wind farm, more than 100km away from the Yorkshire coast, England.

The International Energy Agency (IEA) last year estimated offshore wind power has the potential to globally generate up to 36,000 terawatt hours of renewable electricity annually.