Production of the first turbine blade for the 714-MW East Anglia One offshore windfarm off the east coast of the UK has been completed.
The blade was manufactured by Siemens Gamesa at its factory at Green Port Hull and is the first of 306 which will be manufactured at the site.
Inspection of the blade, and sign-off by the East Anglia One project team, was completed on 7 February.
The £2.5Bn (US$3.2Bn) East Anglia ONE project will see 102 Siemens Gamesa turbines installed, each with a capacity of 7 MW.
Scottish Renewables East Anglia One project director Charlie Jordan described manufacturing the first blade as an important milestone for the project. “Fabrication of the blades at Siemens Gamesa’s facility in Hull further demonstrates our commitment to spending over 50% of the value of the project investment in the UK.”
Following production at the Green Port factory, blades will be shipped down the coast to Great Yarmouth, where the turbine components will be pre-assembled following a £5M investment to prepare Peel Ports Great Yarmouth for construction and installation activities.
ScottishPower Renewables has invested £25M in Port of Lowestoft, including a new operations and maintenance building. The base, at Associated British Ports’ Hamilton Dock, will see 100 full-time employees manage the day-to-day operations and maintenance activities for East Anglia One.