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17 June 2024 | Energy

Forum 24 Partner Blog: Ørsted

Delivering the green energy transition, the right way

By Ailsa Nicol

Ørsted built the world’s first offshore wind farm in 1991. Now, after more than 30 years of innovation, dedication, and hard work alongside our partners, we’ve led the industry on its journey to reach commercial scale, and built more wind farms at sea than any other company in the world.

This year we’re building the world’s single largest offshore wind farm – Hornsea 3. With a capacity of 2.9 GW, Hornsea 3 will generate enough green energy to power more than 3 million UK homes.

Our decision to build Hornsea 3 – an £8.5 billion infrastructure project – is a vote of confidence in the UK market for offshore wind, where we already have a track record of success. It signifies our ongoing commitment to leading the green energy transition from here in the UK, where we are investing billions of pounds in clean energy infrastructure and the UK supply chain, helping to meet the UK’s ambitious climate targets while increasing energy independence and creating local jobs.

In Scotland, we are working on two exciting floating offshore wind joint venture projects – our stepping-stone 100 MW Salamander innovation project and our 1 GW Stromar project as well as a pipeline of onshore renewable energy developments.

But our aim is to deliver more than innovative new forms of green energy – we’re pushing ourselves and driving the industry to find new solutions to accelerate a responsible green transition that benefits both people and planet.

We do that by collaborating with local communities where we construct and operate our assets; investing in community benefit funds and partnerships; supporting Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education and operating apprenticeship and job training programmes; pioneering biodiversity and conservation initiatives; and leading industry action to make the renewables industry as circular and sustainable as possible.

By working together, we can build green energy the right way.

Ailsa Nicol is Ørsted’s head of public affairs in Scotland