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Vindeby wind farm reaches retirement

4C Offshore | Tom Duit
By: Tom Duit 15/03/2017 Dong Energy
DONG Energy​DONG Energy has decided to retire the Vindeby project, the world’s first offshore wind farm, which 25 years ago marked the birth of the offshore wind industry.

Vindeby, located 1.5-3km offshore, consisted of 11 offshore wind turbines and was connected to the grid in 1991. After more than 25 years of service, DONG Energy – owner and operator of the wind farm – has now decided to decommission it.

Leif Winther, responsible for DONG Energy's Danish offshore wind farms said:  "Vindeby Offshore Wind Farm is almost miniature-size in comparison with the giant projects which are now being realised in Northern Europe. But without the experience gained from the world's first offshore wind farm, we wouldn't be where we are today. It’s fair to say that Vindeby is the cradle of the offshore wind industry, and that this is where the industry was born."

Vindeby Offshore Wind Farm has covered the annual power consumption of around 2,200 households. In comparison, DONG Energy's future offshore wind farm off the east coast of England, Hornsea Project One, which when ready for commissioning in a few years will be the world's largest offshore wind farm, will be able to supply green energy to approximately one million households.

Hornsea Project One is setting a record as the 174 offshore wind turbines will be located an 120km offshore where the strong winds will ensure a high level of power production from each of the large wind turbines explained DONG.

The wind farm is to be built 120km east of the Humber Estuary and will cover an area of approximately 407km2, which is over five times the size of the city of Hull. Offshore construction is anticipated to begin in March 2018 with full commissioning expected for the first half of 2020.


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