Ørsted opens Hornsea Two base

Ørsted has opened its construction base for the Hornsea Two offshore wind farm at Humberside Airport. The building, formerly a police station at the airport, will  house around 30 Ørsted employees.

When it is completed in 2022, Hornsea Two, 89km off the Yorkshire coast, will be the world’s biggest offshore wind farm. Onshore cable works have begun, undertaken by Preston-based VolkerInfra, and construction of the onshore substation is progressing. Most of the major contracts have now been awarded and offshore construction is due to begin 2020.

All 165 turbines are being supplied by Siemens Gamesa, with the majority of blades being manufactured at their facility in Hull.

Jason Ledden, senior project manager, said: “The new offshore construction management office is the ideal location for our logistical project planning, and means we can move people and equipment offshore efficiently and safely using the heliport at Humberside airport. Not only have we been able to repurpose and redevelop a building that had fallen empty on the airport estate, we’ve also been able to utilise equipment and furniture from some of our previous projects in the region to ensure the build is sustainable and continue Ørsted’s green ethos.

Ørsted’s East Coast Hub for operations and maintenance, in Grimsby, is due to open later this month.