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First turbine installed at Dong Energy’s Walney Extension offshore wind farm

CTBR Staff Writer Published 04 September 2017

MHI Vestas Offshore Wind has installed the first turbine at Dong Energy’s 659MW Walney Extension offshore wind farm located in the Irish Sea.

Dong Energy, the owner and developer of the wind farm reported that the electricity from the first wind turbine is now being transmitted to the grid.

The offshore wind farm will include a total of 87 turbines, out of which 40 are being supplied by MHI Vestas and the remaining 47 turbines will be supplied by Siemens Gamesa. It’s order includes SWT-7.0-154.

As per MHI Vestas order, it is supplying V164-8.0MW model turbines. The company needs to install the remaining 39 turbines. MHI Vestas’ turbines are equipped with power boosting which can go up to 8.25MW.

When fully operational, the offshore wind farm is expected to enough clean energy to be supplied to more than half a million households in the UK. The wind farm will be located around 19km from the coast, at depths between 20m and 37m.

The wind farm is expected to offset around 940,000 tonnes of CO2 and around 22,000 tonnes of SO2 per year. It has a life span of 25 years.

DONG Energy Walney Extension Programme Director Andrew Cotterell said: "We're delighted to have passed such an important milestone for the project.

“Exporting first power to the grid on schedule is the culmination of extensive onshore and offshore works and is testament to the hard work of everyone involved. In general, construction is progressing well to bring this record-breaking project online."

Image: First turbine at Walney Extension offshore wind farm installed. Photo: Courtesy of DONG Energy A/S.