Balfour Beatty has been contracted to carry out the multi-million pound construction of an onshore substation in support of Ørsted’s Hornsea Project Two.
Once operational in 2022, Hornsea Project Two will generate enough clean electricity to power 1.3 million homes, and surpass its sister project – Hornsea Project One – as the world’s largest offshore wind farm.
Crucially, the onshore substation will transform the power produced at Hornsea Project Two before channeling it into the National Grid. Balfour Beatty Kilpatrick will deliver mechanical and electrical services for the new state-of-the-art facility.
Duncan Clark, Programme Director for Hornsea Projects One and Two, 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. 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.”
Thomas Edgcumbe, Managing Director for Balfour Beatty’s North and Midlands regional business, added: “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 will now begin the main build with a tentative completion of 2020. The 1.4 gigawatt wind farm will be located 89 kilometres off the Yorkshire Coast, and Ørsted has confirmed that it will use 165 Siemens Gamesa turbines for the project. The majority of the blades are expected to be manufactured at the Siemens Gamesa facility in Hull, where pre-assembly work will also be carried out.
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