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Humber Gateway offshore wind farm in UK starts power generation

CTBR Staff Writer Published 08 June 2015

The 219MW Humber Gateway offshore wind farm in the UK has started generating electricity.

Offshore wind

Energy firm E.ON developed the wind farm, which is 8km east of Spurn Point, off the coast of the East Riding of Yorkshire, in the North Sea, England.

The wind farm features 73 V112-3MW turbines that generate enough electricity for around 170,000 homes in the UK.

Construction of the offshore substation began in 2012 and the project started generating energy for the first time in February this year. The last turbine was installed in April.

The project, which is expected to be fully operational in summer, is located in water depths of about 15m covering an area of around 25km².

E.ON management board member responsible for renewables business Bernhard Reutersberg said: "The rapid completion of this project is an outstanding success.

"E.ON is well on its way toward making offshore wind power even more competitive and reducing power-generation costs to less than €100 per megawatt-hour. We're superbly positioned for future auctions in relevant European markets."

Apart from the Humber Gateway project, E.ON is also developing the 400MW Rampion offshore wind farm in the UK. The facility will be built 13km off the Sussex coast in the English Channel.

E.ON has invested over €9.5bn in renewables since 2007. As of fall 2013, the company built seven offshore wind farms across European waters, with four projects in the UK, Rödsand II in Denmark, and Kårehamn in Sweden.

Image: The 219MW Humber Gateway offshore wind farm in the UK is expected to be fully operational this summer. Photo: courtesy of xedos4/FreeDigitalPhotos.net.