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Dong Energy to go ahead with Race Bank offshore wind project in UK

CTBR Staff Writer Published 25 June 2015

Dong Energy has decided go ahead with the construction of the 580MW Race Bank offshore wind farm in the UK.

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Planned to be built in the Greater Wash area, about 27km off the east coast of Britain, the wind farm will deliver enough energy for over 400,000 homes.

Subject to signing a final agreement, Siemens will supply 91 of its 6MW wind turbines for the project.

The project, which will span about 29 square miles, is expected to start operations by 2018.

In a separate press release, Denmark-based NKT confirmed a DKK595m (about EUR 80m) order by Dong Energy in December 2014 to deliver export cable systems for the project.

NKT Cables will now commence production of the cables, which includes delivery of over 150km of 220kV high voltage submarine export cables.

Production will be carried out in Cologne, Germany. The first batch to be delivered will be ready for installation in 2017.

JDR will supply subsea power cables for the project. The company will design and manufacture 110km of 36kV inter-array cables and deliver offshore testing and termination services.

Dong Energy executive vice president Samuel Leupold said: "The Race Bank offshore wind farm is yet another enabler for the growth of the offshore wind supply chain in UK, and the project will create jobs in the UK at all levels of the supply chain.

"The size of this project will enable us to utilize the economies of scale to continue to drive down cost of electricity produced by offshore wind farms. This is a must win battle and we are getting one step closer with the decision to build this offshore wind farm."

Image: The 580MW Race Bank offshore wind farm will deliver enough energy for over 400,000 homes in the UK. Photo: courtesy of nkt cables.