Race Bank completes commissioning protocol

UK: Ørsted's 573MW Race Bank project has been commissioned off England's coast in the North Sea.

Since construction of the Race Bank project began, more than 1TWh has been produced, Ørsted claimed

The developer began installing 91 of Siemens Gamesa’s SWT-6.0-154 turbines in May. Many of the turbines feature blades that were among the first to be produced at the manufacturer’s factory in Hull.

Prior to construction, 51 World War II bombs were removed from the seabed, while during construction, one turbine was installed in just over 11 hours — a record for the company, Ørsted stated.

It has now been fully commissioned, following 240 hours of testing individual turbines and a further 200-hour test of the full site.

David Summers, project director for Race Bank, said "Not only have we achieved full power on schedule, but we have also done so safely, without compromising our high standards."

Ørsted will also carry out operations and maintenance (O&M) services throughout Race Bank’s lifespan, using a new service operation vessel (SOV) capable of remaining out at sea for 28 days, for the first time. 

The Danish developer owns a 50% stake in the project, with Macquarie owning a 37.5% share and Sumitomo Corporation the remaining 12.5%.