Race Bank Offshore Wind Farm announced for the Greater Wash

More wind power on East coast

More wind power on East coast - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2006

Dong Energy has announced it is to construct the Race Bank Offshore Wind Farm, in the Greater Wash area, about 27 kilometres off the East Coast.

The wind farm will consist of 91 6MW wind turbines, with Siemens Wind Power chosen as the turbine supplier. The deployment of the Siemens turbines is conditional upon the parties signing a final agreement.

Samuel Leupold, executive vice-president at Dong Energy, said: 'I'm very excited about the fact that we can start building the Race Bank Offshore Wind Farm, which will supply green electricity to more than 400,000 British households. This is yet another enabler for the growth of the offshore wind supply chain in the 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 use 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.'

When all projects currently under construction – including the Race Bank Offshore Wind Farm – are completed, Dong Energy will have built a total of 4,400MW of offshore wind, of which 2,500MW will be located in the UK.