In these challenging and uncertain times, Ørsted’s offshore wind farms around the UK remain operational with the capacity to deliver enough renewable electricity to power around 3.2 million homes.
There has been no significant adverse impact from the COVID-19 outbreak on our offshore operational outcomes to date and our development projects are currently progressing according to plan. Ørsted is also working with the UK Government and with National Grid and Ofgem to coordinate our plans and ensure we continue to follow best practice as the situation evolves.
We are absolutely focused on our key priorities during this outbreak. First to ensure the health and well-being of our employees, our contractors, their families and the communities where we operate. Second to do everything we can to help slow the spread of COVID-19 whilst we ensure our wind farms maintain a reliable supply of electricity for UK consumers at this crucial time for our country. Thirdly, to play our part in thanking and supporting those organisations doing so much to help those most in need at this difficult time.
In common with many businesses across the country, we have implemented precautionary measures at our sites based on the advice given by the UK Government and Public Health England.
It has been an inspiration to see teams across our business respond to this uniquely challenging situation with enormous energy and fortitude. Our operational teams on the front line are continuing to undertake vital work to ensure our wind farms stay online. Our construction teams are following government guidelines to ensure our people stay safe at sites and continue with the task to deliver projects that will create clean, green energy for our homes, businesses, schools and hospitals. Many more colleagues are working from home to provide critical support to keep our front-line operations working smoothly.
As you would expect, we continue to monitor the situation in close cooperation with our partners, contractors and suppliers and will provide a further update if we see any material change in circumstance that impacts on our operational capacity.
Finally, we know that, across the UK, the current situation is having a profound effect on families and communities. It is at times like these that we must come together to do what we can support each other. With this in mind, we wanted to reach out to the organisations in the communities where we operate to pass on our own message of thanks and assist their continuing efforts to protect the health and wellbeing of community workers and families in need of support. I encourage you to read more about our donations to our local NHS charities and foodbanks below.