Ørsted responsible for nearly 60% of new offshore wind capacity in the UK during 2018

  • 2018 record breaking year for installing new offshore wind capacity in UK
  • Over 2GW became operational, enough to power over 230,000 homes
  • Ørsted officially opened Race Bank (573MW) and Walney Extension (659MW), the world’s largest offshore wind farm
Matthew Wright, UK Managing Director, Ørsted
Matthew Wright, UK Managing Director, Ørsted

Today, RenewableUK is highlighting the record amount of offshore wind capacity installed this year.


Ørsted, the global leader in offshore wind, has its biggest market in the UK and completing construction of two new offshore wind farms here in 2018 meant it was responsible for nearly 60% of the new capacity coming online. 

Matthew Wright, Managing Director of Ørsted UK, said: 

"The UK is making great progress in decarbonising its electricity system, smashing records in coal-free generation last year, largely thanks to a growth in renewables, and continuing the transformation this year with record growth in offshore wind.

"At Ørsted, we are playing a leading role, and investing billions of pounds to help the UK reach its carbon reduction targets.

"This year, we completed construction of two major offshore wind farms, including Walney Extension, the biggest in the world, and we’re now constructing Hornsea 1 off the Yorkshire Coast which, at around double the size, will take the title in 2020.

"Rapid growth in this clean-tech industry is set to continue as we work with the Government to finalise an offshore wind sector deal, which could mean that, by 2030, one third of the UK’s electricity could come from offshore wind."



About Ørsted:

The Ørsted vision is a world that runs entirely on green energy. Ørsted develops, constructs and operates offshore wind farms, bioenergy plants and innovative waste-to-energy solutions and provides smart energy products to its customers. Headquartered in Denmark, Ørsted employs 5,600 people, including over 900 in the UK. Ørsted's shares are listed on Nasdaq Copenhagen (Orsted). In 2017, the group's revenue was DKK 59.5 billion (EUR 8.0 billion). For more information on Ørsted, visit orsted.co.uk or follow us on FacebookLinkedInInstagram and Twitter


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