First turbine installed at new Danish offshore wind farm

COPENHAGEN: DONG Energy, Siemens and A2SEA have installed the first turbine at the offshore wind farm Horns Rev 2 in the North Sea.

When inaugurated later this year, Horns Rev 2 will be the world’s biggest offshore wind farm.The installation was carried out using the installation vessel Sea Power and was complete after 12 hours. Horns Rev 2 is scheduled for completion in late 2009, just in time to “light up” the international climate change conference, COP 15, to be held in Copenhagen in December. “DONG Energy actively pursues the development of renewable energy, and the installation of the first turbine at Horns Rev 2 is an important milestone in these efforts,” said Anders Eldrup, CEO of DONG Energy. The 91 turbines making up the wind farm will have a total net installed capacity of 209 MW, making it possible to supply a volume of CO2 free power equivalent to the consumption of more than 200,000 households. “The entire Danish population will benefit from the commissioning of the turbines at Horns Rev 2. The establishment of Horns Rev 2 is an important step in the Danish Government’s long-term ambition for Denmark to become independent of fossil fuels,” commented Danish Minister for Climate and Energy Connie Hedegaard.

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