The station, which will be in Babcock’s Rosyth facilities, is claimed to be the world’s first offshore reactive compensation station.

It will be situated between the offshore wind farm and shore. Work on the station will start this summer and is due to be completed in 2018.

The station will allow the high-voltage alternating current (AC) system to work with longer cables than those earlier used for offshore wind.

Dong Energy Hornsea project one programme director Duncan Clark said: "Dong Energy is absolutely committed to investing in the UK and we are delighted to be working with Babcock on this world first structure which will play an important part of the world’s largest offshore wind farm.

"As well as generating clean, green energy for well over one million UK homes, Hornsea Project One is also providing a real boost to the UK supply chain. This contract with Babcock is another example of this."

Babcock energy and marine business managing director Ian Donnelly said: ". This contract will sustain around 100 jobs within our operation here.

"This is a significant development for the UK’s renewables sector and Babcock is delighted to be playing its part in it."

Located 120km off the Yorkshire coast, the Hornsea Project One will employ Siemens 7.0MW wind turbine. It is expected to feature between 150 and 332 offshore wind turbines based on the size of the units selected.

Upon completion, the project will become the world’s first gigawatt scale wind farm, far from shore.

The wind farm, which is expected to be operational by 2020, will have the capacity to supply more than 1 million UK homes with electricity.

Image: Babcock to build Reactive Compensation Station for Hornsea Project One offshore wind farm Photo: Courtesy of xedos4/