Balfour Beatty to build onshore substation for Hornsea offshore wind farm

WCN Editorial Team 13 Aug 2018 EUROPE ENERGY & UTILITIES

Balfour Beatty has won a multimillion-pound contract from Denmark-based Ørsted to build the onshore substation for the latest offshore wind farm, Hornsea Project Two, on the east coast of England.

When operational in 2022, the wind farm will supply clean electricity to more than 1.3 million homes, and surpass Hornsea Project One as the world’s largest offshore wind farm.

The onshore substation facility will transform the power produced by Hornsea Project Two wind farm before connecting to the National Grid.

Balfour Beatty Kilpatrick will provide mechanical and electrical services for the new facility.

Hornsea Projects One and Two programme director Duncan Clark said: “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.”

Enabling works phase has been completed earlier in 2018 and Balfour Beatty will now begin works on the main build with completion expected in 2020.

Balfour Beatty North and Midlands regional business managing director Thomas Edgcumbe said:“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.”

Hornsea Project Two won a Contract for Difference in September 2017 and will be built at the lowest ever price for offshore wind seen in the UK. The 1.4GW project will be located 89km off the Yorkshire Coast.

In July 2018, Ørsted announced that it will use 165 Siemens Gamesa turbines for the project. Most of the blades are expected to be manufactured at the Siemens Gamesa facility in Hull. Pre-assembly work will also be carried out at the Hull facility.


Image: An aerial shot of preparatory works taking place for Hornsea Project Two’s onshore substation. Photo: Courtesy of Balfour Beatty.

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