Ørsted has initiated the construction of the world’s largest
Construction has begun on the world’s largest wind farm, to be located 10km off the cost of East Yorkshire.
The Danish energy, Ørsted – formerly known as DONG Energy – has initiated its construction of the offshore wind farm.
The energy firm transported 174 monopiles to Dogger Bank, at 65m long and weighing 800 tonnes.
GeoSea, a marine engineering firm, are responsible for installing the monopiles through the self-elevating, installation vessel, Innovation.
Innovation can carry four monopiles at once, and will complete the installation, followed by the fitting of transition pieces.
A2Sea – a company acquired by GeoSea, from DONG Energy and Siemens – will join the construction process in March of this year.
The Hornsea Project One is anticipated to be complete by 2020, with a capacity of 1.2GW – providing 1mn homes in the UK with power.
“After years of planning it is fantastic to see the initial stages of offshore construction begin. My thanks to the teams working day and night on this significant milestone,”stated Hornsea Project One’s Direcor, Duncan Clark.
Drax advances biomass strategy with Pinnacle acquisition
The Group’s enlarged supply chain will have access to 4.9 million tonnes of operational capacity from 2022. Of this total, 2.9 million tonnes are available for Drax’s self-supply requirements in 2022, which will rise to 3.4 million tonnes in 2027.
The £424 million acquisition of the Canadian biomass pellet producer supports Drax' ambition to be carbon negative by 2030, using bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) and will make a "significant contribution" in the UK cutting emissions by 78% by 2035 (click here).
This summer Drax will undertake maintenance on its CfD(2) biomass unit, including a high-pressure turbine upgrade to reduce maintenance costs and improve thermal efficiency, contributing to lower generation costs for Drax Power Station.
In March, Drax secured Capacity Market agreements for its hydro and pumped storage assets worth around £10 million for delivery October 2024-September 2025.
The limitations on BECCS are not technology but supply, with every gigatonne of CO2 stored per year requiring approximately 30-40 million hectares of BECCS feedstock, according to the Global CCS Institute. Nonetheless, BECCS should be seen as an essential complement to the required, wide-scale deployment of CCS to meet climate change targets, it concludes.