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Dong Energy generates first power at Walney Extension offshore wind project

EBR Staff Writer Published 05 September 2017

Dong Energy has generated first power at the 659MW Walney Extension offshore wind farm, situated off the coast of Cumbria, UK.

MHI Vestas Offshore Wind has installed the first of 40 V164-8.0MW turbines, which are producing the power.

The electricity generated at the 659MW project is being supplied to the national grid.

The 87-turbine wind project will also include the installation of 47 Siemens Gamesa turbines. The wind farm will have a capacity to generate electricity that can be supplied to more than half a million UK homes.

According to Dong, Walney Extension will upsurge London Array to become the world's largest operational offshore wind farm.

Construction of the project is being organized from a base at the Port of Barrow, which also includes the operation and maintenance teams for three other firm’s energy offshore wind farms such as Barrow, Walney and West of Duddon Sands.

Walney Extension, which covers an area of up to 149km², includes wind turbines, foundations, inter array cables, offshore and onshore export cables within an export cable corridor and offshore and onshore substations that will connect the project to the National Grid.

The project is situated around 19km west-southwest from the Isle of Walney in Cumbria, 26km southwest from the Millom coast, 35km northwest from the Fleetwood and Blackpool coast and 31km southwest from the Isle of Man.

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: Dong Energy has produced first power from the Walney Extension offshore wind farm. Photo: courtesy of Dong Energy.