Race Bank Wind Farm’s 91 wind turbines are now capable of generating its full capacity of 573 MW. During the commissioning process of the final wind turbines, Race Bank also passed 1 TWh of production since construction began.
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Race Bank is located 16.8 miles off Blakeney Point on the North Norfolk coast and 17.4 miles off the Lincolnshire coast at Chapel St Leonards and is using Siemens 6 MW wind turbines. Many of these turbines feature the first blades to be manufactured at the Siemens blade factory in Hull.
Race Bank is owned by Ørsted (50%), Macquarie European Infrastructure Fund 5 (25%), Macquarie Capital (12.5%) and Sumitomo Corporation (12.5%)
David Summers, Project Director for Race Bank, 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.I’m now looking forward to completing final activities on Race Bank and being able to officially open the project in the summer.”
Race Bank will be Ørsted‘s first offshore wind farm to use a new service operation vessel. The SOV can remain out at sea with the operations and maintenance team for up to 28 days at a time and will greatly improve the efficiency of maintaining the project.
A team based in Grimsby will be responsible for carrying out this operations and maintenance work for the lifetime of the project.