Vilicom connects Hornsea Two offshore wind farm17 July 2020

UK-based wireless telecommunications provider Vilicom has announced that it is providing a ‘critical’ mobile network during the construction, development and deployment of Ørsted’s Hornsea Two offshore wind farm.

Currently in development 55 miles off the Yorkshire coast, Hornsea Two will comprise of 165 8.4MW turbines, across a 472km2 area, giving a combined total power output of 1.4GW. Once complete in 2022, it is said that the site will generate enough clean electricity to power over 1.3 million homes in the UK.

Deployment of Vilicom’s communication infrastructure, which will be built and tested in the UK prior to installation on Hornsea Two, will contribute to the successful progress of the project. Sean Keating, CEO of Vilicom, explains: “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.

“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 for Hornsea Two at Ørsted, adds: “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.”

Adam Offord

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