Full power at Race Bank Offshore Wind Farm

Full power output has been achieved at Ørsted’s Race Bank Offshore Wind Farm, located off the North Norfolk coast.
Full Power at Race Bank Offshore Wind Farm

Fast Facts

  • Owned by Ørsted (50%), Macquarie European Infrastructure Fund 5 (25%), Macquarie Capital (12.5%) and Sumitomo Corporation (12.5%)
  • Located approximately 16.8 miles off Blakeney Point on the North Norfolk coast and 17.4 miles off the Lincolnshire coast at Chapel St Leonards
  • Covers a total area of 75km2
  • Consists of 91 Siemens Gamesa 6MW turbines
  • Total capacity of 573MW, producing enough electricity to power over half a million UK homes annually

Installation of the wind turbines at Race Bank first began in May 2017 and following successful completion of the 240-hour acceptance tests of all 91 turbines, and the 200-hour test of the full park, the project is now capable of generating its full capacity of 573 megawatts (MW).  During the commissioning process of the final turbines, Race Bank also passed 1 terawatt hour (TW-h) of production since construction began.  

David Summers, Project Director for Race Bank at Ørsted UK, said:

“Full power and 1 terawatt hour of production are two fantastic milestones and have been achieved by the hard work and dedication of a significant number of people.  Full power means that Race Bank can now produce enough green energy to power over half a million UK homes.

“Not only have we achieved full power on schedule, but we have also done so safely, without compromising our high standards.  I now look forward to completing final activities on Race Bank and being able to officially open the project in the summer.” 

Race Bank uses Siemens Gamesa 6MW wind turbines and many of these turbines feature the first blades to be manufactured at the Siemens Gamesa blade factory in Hull. 

Race Bank will be Ørsted’s first offshore wind farm to use a new Service Operation Vessel (SOV) for operations and maintenance (O&M). The SOV can remain out at sea with the O&M team for up to 28 days at a time, and will greatly improve the efficiency of maintaining the project.

A team based in Grimsby will be responsible for carrying out this O&M work for the lifetime of Race Bank.

About Ørsted 
Ørsted is a renewable energy company that takes tangible action to create a world that runs entirely on green energy. Ørsted develops, constructs and operates offshore wind farms across Europe, Asia and the US, develops and operates bioenergy plants, innovative waste-to-energy solutions and provides smart energy products to its power distribution and energy customers. Headquartered in Denmark, Ørsted employs 5,800 people worldwide, including over 900 in the UK. Ørsted’s shares are listed on Nasdaq Copenhagen [Orsted]. In 2016, the company’s revenue was DKK 61 bn (EUR 8.2 bn). Follow us on FacebookLinkedInInstagram and Twitter.

For more information, please contact:

James Platt
Head of UK Media Relations
jampl@orsted.co.uk
+44 20 7811 5519