Vilicom to provide Hornsea Two with mobile network

4C Offshore | Tom Russell
By: Tom Russell 10/07/2020 Vilicom
UK based wireless telecommunications provider Vilicom has been commissioned to provide mobile network during the construction, development and deployment of Ørsted’s Hornsea Two offshore wind farm located 89km from the Yorkshire coast.

Expected to be complete in 2022, the
Hornsea Two wind farm array is dispersed across an area of 462km2, which is a larger surface area than the island of Barbados. Once complete, it will host 165 wind turbines, each standing over 190m above sea level. The wind farm will become the world’s largest, generating 1.4 GW, and will be able to power well over 1.3 million homes in the UK with clean electricity.

“The 4G communications network will enhance vital communication during the construction phase and the longer lifecycle of the site. We will deploy a fully operational mobile network that spans the entire zone, allowing contractors and workers to have improved wireless access to data and information systems used during construction, as well as the ability to make regular cell calls using personal cell phone equipment,”
explained Sean Keating, CEO of Vilicom.

“Once construction has concluded by the scheduled deadline of 2022, Vilicom systems will remain in place, continuing to provide essential communications for the operational and maintenance staff employed for the lifetime of the wind farm, ultimately aiding the seamless connection of hundreds of thousands of families to a sustainable source of energy.”

Patrick Harnett, Senior Programme Director of Hornsea Two at Ørsted, said: “Vilicom is a UK supplier who shares our vision on building a more sustainable future. In order to act on climate change, we need to make use of the best technologies available.

“As we build larger offshore wind farms, our colleagues are required to travel further distances. Not only is there a requirement for reliable communication to support our construction technology, but it’s also imperative that our teams are able to remain connected to their families back home.”

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