Hornsea One officially wired in as Ørsted awards 4G/LTE contract to Tampnet
Tampnet has been awarded a contract to supply 4G/LTE coverage to Ørsted’s offshore windfarm, Hornsea One. The windfarm is located 120km off the Yorkshire Coast, in the UK, and will be the world’s largest offshore windfarm when fully operational in 2020.
Tampnet was awarded the contract for providing and operating a 4G/LTE network for Hornsea One, and has installed base stations on the reactive compensation station securing 4G coverage between shore and the wind farm area. Base stations have also been installed on the three substations securing 4G coverage in the wind farm area for all construction vessels and Ørsted’s service operations vessel, Edda Mistral.
“We are thrilled to be awarded this contract. It is not only the world’s largest offshore windfarm, it is also the very first windfarm that Tampnet supplies with 4G/LTE coverage – a true milestone for us”, said Tampnet Managing Director North Sea, Per Atle Sørensen.
World’s largest offshore windfarm
When in operation in 2020, Hornsea One will produce power for more than one million homes with clean electricity, and with a capacity of 1.2 gigawatts (GW), it will be the world's first offshore wind farm to exceed 1 GW in capacity.
Hornsea One will span a huge area of approximately 407 square kilometres, which is over five times the size of the city of Hull. The offshore windfarm will use 174 7 megawatt (MW) wind turbines, with each one 190 metres tall – larger than the Humber Bridge concrete towers.
The teams constructing and operating the wind farm live offshore for up to two weeks at a time, 120km out to sea.
Stefan Hoonings, Hornsea One’s construction manager, said: “Hornsea One keeps pushing the boundaries. It’s the furthest a wind farm has ever been built from shore so we’ve had to introduce new ways of doing things, and the superfast Tampnet internet connection offshore, during the construction phase, is a great example of that.
“Initially we were able to piggy-back on an existing Tampnet network on an oil and gas platform over 50 kilometers north of our project site. However we have now created a fully functioning office offshore, enabling us to base the site coordination and planning teams on site, and thanks to the high speed connection we can fully digitalise our operations.
“ As well as improving operational efficiencies it's helped people stay in touch with their families at home and that's a benefit we value. We're always looking for ways to make the Hornsea One site a great place to work, and I think we've succeeded here.”
The Ørsted vision is a world that runs entirely on green energy. Ørsted develops, constructs and operates offshore and onshore wind farms, bioenergy plants and innovative waste-to-energy solutions and provides smart energy products to its customers.
Headquartered in Denmark, Ørsted employs 6200 people. Ørsted’s shares are listed on Nasdaq Copenhagen (Orsted). In 2018, the group’s revenue was DKK 76.9 billion (EUR 10.7 billion).
Tampnet was founded in 2001 in Stavanger, Norway and operates the world’s largest offshore high capacity communication network in the North Sea and the Gulf of Mexico, serving customers within Oil & Gas, Wind Energy, Maritime and Carrier sectors with first class telecommunications. The company employs more than 100 people, is headquartered in Stavanger, Norway and has offices in the UK, the Netherlands, USA, Brazil and Australia. Tampnet connects offshore installations to redundant and reliable terrestrial networks with high capacity and low latency (high speed).
Tampnet also installs and operates offshore 4G LTE coverage networks enabling roaming and the digital transformation and internet of things (IoT) on offshore oil & gas platforms, offshore windfarms and service vessels and other commercial vessels.
Tampnet International Carrier is Tampnet’s European and transatlantic fibre infrastructure network, passing through eight selected countries. Tampnet International Carrier is all about connectivity, capacity, speed and milliseconds – data transfer with minimum delay - without compromising quality and reliability. Our unique network routes connect 30 vital data centres in 12 European and American cities and central hubs.