Humber Gateway celebrates first year of generation
Humber Gateway’s first full year of generation saw the site make a significant contribution to the UK’s renewable energy needs after the 73 turbines were fully energised last spring.
Aided by the particularly windy weather experienced by the UK over the winter the period, Humber Gateway, E.ON’s fifth UK offshore site, celebrates performance figures higher than expected for the first year of generation with almost 854,400 MW hours of electricity generated to the end of May 2016.
The site which has a capacity of 219MW, enough to power 170,000 homes(1) or around one and a half times the size of Hull(2), moved into full operation two months ahead of schedule last May and was officially opened by Energy Minster Andrea Leadsom MP in September.
Jon Beresford, Humber Gateway Plant Manager at E.ON, said: “We’re very pleased to see such positive generation results in the first full year of operation which is testament to the efforts of our construction team, who reached the full generation milestone two months ahead of schedule and the smooth hand over to the Operations team last summer.
“Over the last year the Operations team based in Grimsby Fish Dock have worked particularly hard to ensure the sites safe and effective operation including the successful completion of three monthly servicing as required for the first year of operation. This will now move to annual servicing, meaning the site is expected to power more megawatt hours of electricity going forward.
“The wind farm has created 47 full time roles plus five local apprentices who we look forward to welcoming on site later this summer once they’ve completed their first year of training in the classroom. In our first year of operation we’ve also been delighted to have made a positive difference to 20 local projects through our Humber Gateway Community Support Fund and encourage any community groups and charities in need of extra support to apply this year.”
Humber Gateway team has also celebrated success after being awarded Best Renewable Energy Project in this year’s Humber Renewable Awards run by the Hull Daily Mail and attained highly commended for Renewable Energy Installer of the Year in the Lincolnshire Energy Awards held last month.
The site is one of several major renewable energy projects in E.ON’s portfolio which includes London Array, the world’s largest operational offshore wind farm, the Blackburn Meadows Biomass Plant in Sheffield and the Rampion Offshore Wind Farm project currently in construction 13km off the Sussex coast.
Notes to editors
1 = Based on an average annual domestic household electricity consumption of 4,725kWh (DECC);
2 = Based on 2011 census data;
3 = The Community Support Fund is part of E.ON’s Humber Gateway £2m Benefit Fund. Applications can be obtained from the local parish council, through Mercury Group on 01482 782287 and www.humbergatewayopportunities.com or via E.ON’s website at eonenergy.com/humber. The closing date for entries is 31st July 2016.
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