Huge contract shows offshore wind delivering massive industrial benefits to Britain
01 November 2016
Posted by: RenewableUK
RenewableUK is highlighting today’s announcement by JDR Cables in Hartlepool that it has won a major contract to supply cables to what will be the world’s biggest offshore wind farm.
The British company will design and manufacture nearly 250 kilometres of subsea power cables for DONG Energy's Hornsea Project One, 120 km off the Yorkshire coast. When completed, this will be the largest offshore wind farm in the world with a capacity of 1.2 gigawatts – powering the equivalent of well over a million UK homes.
RenewableUK’s Chief Executive, Hugh McNeal, said: “Today’s announcement shows that the offshore wind industry is delivering massive economic and industrial benefits to Britain. Offshore wind farm developers are committed to maximising UK content in their projects, as this contract demonstrates. The offshore wind industry is bringing well over £20 billion in investment to Britain over the course of this decade, creating thousands of jobs. This is happening not only in Hartlepool, but also across the UK, from Liverpool to Lowestoft and from the Isle of Wight to the Isle of Mull”.
Earlier this month, JDR Cables announced that it is creating 50 new jobs in Newcastle, opening a European service support centre for its offshore energy sector customers.
For further information, please contact:
·Jennifer Webber, Director of External Affairs, 0207 901 3012 or 07792 463 445
· Adam Wentworth, Communications Officer, 0207 901 3038 or 07791 702702 Adam.Wentworth@RenewableUK.com
1. RenewableUK is the trade and professional body for the wind, wave and tidal energy industries. Formed in 1978, and with more than 430 corporate members, RenewableUK is the country’s leading renewable energy trade association.
2. The announcement comes during Offshore Wind Week, a series of industry events launched at the Palace of Westminster last night. At the event, RenewableUK’s Chairman, Julian Brown, announced a call for evidence into UK content. A report on this will be published in the first half of 2017.
3. More on DONG Energy's Hornsea One project.
4. More on JDR Cables