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Balfour Beatty to build the world’s largest offshore wind farm

Wind farm, offshore
The UK multinational infrastructure group has been awarded a multi-million pound contract to build the onshore substation for Ørsted’s offshore wind farm: Hornsea Project Two

The wind farm is all set to supply clean energy to over 1.3 mn homes, surpassing its sister project Hornsea Project One—and becoming the largest offshore wind farm in the world. It is scheduled for operation by 2022, and is to be located on the east coast of England.

This new onshore substation facility will transform the power produced by Hornsea Project Two wind farm before it connects to the National Grid. Balfour Beatty Kilpatrick will deliver the mechanical and electrical services for the new state-of-the-art facility.

Duncan Clark, Programme Director for both Hornsea Projects One and Two, stated: “We’re delighted that Balfour Beatty will continue to work with us on these huge offshore wind farm projects. Having already constructed onshore substations for three of our other projects, this contract continues the long-term partnership between Ørsted and Balfour Beatty.

“Their team is already on site having nearly finished Hornsea Project One’s substation, and having this continuity of the team will ensure optimum efficiencies. We’re committed to investing in the UK and we’re very pleased to be working with a UK firm that we have confidence will deliver a good quality build, on time and most importantly, with a continued high focus on safety.” He added.

Hornsea Project Two won a Contract for Difference in September 2017, and will be built at the lowest price for offshore wind that’s ever been seen in the UK. The 1.4 gigawatt (GW) project will be located 89 kilometres off the Yorkshire Coast. Last month Ørsted offered confirmation that a total of 165 Siemens Gamesa turbines are being used for the project. The majority of the blades will be manufactured at the Siemens Gamesa facility located in Hull, where pre-assembly work will also be carried out.

Thomas Edgcumbe, Managing Director for Balfour Beatty’s  North and Midlands regional business, stated:  “Having recently completed works to Hornsea Project One, this award is testament to the long-standing relationship we have built with Ørsted over the past few years.

”We’re proud to continue this momentum, and look forward to successfully and safely delivering the substation; providing clean power to millions of homes across the UK.” He added.

Balfour Beatty will begin construction on the main build, with completion aimed for 2020.

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