The Race Bank Offshore wind farm has completed testing and is ready to reach its maximum capacity at 573MW of power, according to Orsted, the developers of the project.
The installation of the offshore wind farm began in the summer of 2017 and underwent rigorous testing including a 240 hour acceptance test of all 91 wind turbines and a 200 hour test of the full wind farm capacity. Now that it is fully operational, the wind farm will produce enough electricity to power over half a million UK homes each year.
The Race Bank Offshore project is made up of Siemens Gamesa 6MW wind turbines and is the first to use a new service operation vessel (SOV), which remains at sea for up to 28 days at a time and ‘will greatly improve the efficiency of maintaining the project.’
Project Director for Race Bank, David Summers 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’ve also done so safely, without compromising our high standards. I’m now looking forward to completing final activities on Race Bank and being able to officially open the project in the summer.”