Wind power engineers have carried out a mammoth cable pull on a Lincolnshire beach as they prepare to build the world’s largest offshore wind farm.
Hornsea Two will include 165 wind turbines and will power more than 1.3 million homes,
This week engineers from Orsted installed 2.4km of a total 39 km of cable towards the landfall site for the scheme at Horseshoe Point, Lincolnshire. Cable laying vessel Ndurance, owned and operated by Netherlands-based contractor Boskalis, was positioned offshore 2.5km from the cable connection point.
Orsted says that once work at the landfall is complete, the beach will be returned to its original condition.
Power generated from the turbines will travel to its onshore substation visa the landfall site before reaching the National Grid.
Patrick Harnett, Orsted programme director for Hornsea Two, said: “These recent months have set challenges in our way that no one could have expected. Our teams have worked safely and tirelessly to overcome these and deliver a fantastic result with the commencement of our offshore construction works.
“Thanks to the dedication of our contracted staff, once the cable connection works at Horseshoe Point have been completed next year, the ground will be reinstated and the beach will look exactly as it did before.”
Steve Marshall, Boskalis project director for Hornsea Two, said: “Boskalis have a comprehensive and world leading track record in delivering nearshore and landfall operations whilst always maintaining a key focus to eliminate or minimise any environmental and surrounding impact, through the great work of our team and by utilising our in-house equipment we have successfully achieved this.
“The experience of the team has recently been exemplified in the way that the ‘One Team’ philosophy has risen and overcome challenges that would not typically be encountered during these types of works to deliver outstanding results. We look forward to continuing the great working relationship with Ørsted and contributing to the ongoing overall success of this project.”
The main building site for Hornsea Two is at Humberside Airport, while when the site is operational technicians will be nased at the East Coast Hub in Grimsby.