World’s largest offshore windfarm opens in UK

The world’s largest offshore windfarm was officially opened in the UK this week. The 659 MW Walney Extension covers 145km2 in the Irish Sea, around 19km from Cumbria coast in England. It is powered by 40 of MHI Vestas’ 8 MW turbines and 47 of Siemens Gamesa’s 7 MW turbines.

It is 50 percent owned by Ørsted from Denmark, with the remaining half being held equally by Danish pension companies PKA and PFA. Walney marks Ørsted’s eleventh operational offshore in the UK.

Ørsted UK managing director Matthew Wright said: “The UK is the global leader in offshore wind and Walney Extension showcases the industry’s incredible success story. The project, completed on time and within budget, also marks another important step towards Ørsted’s vision of a world that runs entirely on green energy.”

Source: Power Engineering International

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