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Westermost Rough offshore wind farm in UK reaches full power output

CTBR Staff Writer Published 27 May 2015

The 210MW Westermost Rough offshore wind farm in the UK has achieved full power output.

Westermost Rough

Denmark-based Dong Energy holds a 50% stake in the project, while Japan's Marubeni and the UK Green Investment Bank own the remaining interest equally.

Located 8km off the Yorkshire Coast, north of Hull, the wind farm features 35 Siemens 6MW turbines that generate enough energy for more than 150,000 homes in the UK.

The last turbine was installed at the site at the end of March this year. Work will now focus on completing final testing and handing over the facility to the operations team.

The wind farm will be operated and maintained from the Royal Dock in Grimsby. It will deliver green energy to the UK grid for the estimated life of about 25 years.

The project will help to meet the UK's commitment of reducing CO2 emissions and contribute in achieving the country's targets of generating electricity from renewable energy schemes.

Dong Energy programme director for Westermost Rough Duncan Clark said "Westermost Rough achieving full power output is a hugely significant moment for the project.

"This is the first offshore wind farm in the world to use the Siemens 6MW turbines, which is an important step in reducing the cost of energy from offshore wind."

Dong Energy has recently reached 3GW of installed offshore wind capacity, of which about half is in the UK. The company intends to build 6.5GW of offshore wind farms by the end of 2020.

Image: The Westermost Rough offshore wind farm is located 8km off the Yorkshire Coast, north of Hull. Photo: courtesy of DONG Energy A/S.