Race Bank offshore wind farm opens in UK

14 June 2018 (Last Updated June 14th, 2018 12:48)

The 573MW Race Bank offshore wind farm has officially opened at a ceremony in Grimsby, UK.

Race Bank offshore wind farm opens in UK
Close-up of turbine at Race Bank offshore wind farm. Credit: Ørsted.

The 573MW Race Bank offshore wind farm has officially opened at a ceremony in Grimsby, UK.

Located on the North Norfolk coast and off the Lincolnshire coast, Race Bank covers an area of 75km² and features 91 Siemens Gamesa 6MW wind turbines.

Race Bank offshore wind farm has enough electricity generation to power more than half a million UK homes.

“Race Bank is another clear signal of our firm commitment to Grimsby and the Humber, and the UK supply chain for offshore wind.”

The wind farm is owned by Danish energy company Ørsted (50%), Macquarie European Infrastructure Fund 5 (25%), Sumitomo (12.5%), and funds advised by the Green Investment Group, Arjun Infrastructure Partners and Gravis Capital Management (12.5%).

Ørsted UK managing director Matthew Wright said: “Race Bank is a fantastic infrastructure project and underlines Ørsted’s contribution to the UK’s energy transition. It’s also another clear signal of our firm commitment to Grimsby and the Humber, and the UK supply chain for offshore wind.

“Race Bank is a hugely significant and innovative project, featuring the first-ever turbine blades to be made in Hull and becoming our first wind farm in the UK to be operated using a new Service Operation Vessel.

“It’s also one of the fastest projects we have ever built, with a fantastic safety record, and this is a testament to the hard work of the project team and the great relationship we have with our partners.”

The wind farm will be operated from Ørsted’s East Coast Hub in Grimsby.

For carrying out offshore maintenance, a Service Operation Vessel (SOV) will be used that remains offshore with technicians working shifts of 14 days on and 14 days off.