Walney Extension Produces First Power

Electricity has been generated for the first time at DONG Energy's Walney Extension offshore wind farm, located off the coast of Cumbria, UK.

MHI Vestas Offshore Wind and Seajacks have installed the first of 40 V164-8.0MW turbines and power is now being exported to the national grid, marking an important milestone for the 659MW project, DONG Energy said.

A further 47 Siemens Gamesa turbines will complete the 87-turbine wind farm.

Once fully commissioned, Walney Extension will leapfrog London Array to become the world's largest operational offshore wind farm.

The wind farm is located in the Irish Sea, approximately 19km from the Walney Island coast in Cumbria, and covers an area of 145km2.

Andrew Cotterell, Walney Extension Programme Director at DONG Energy, 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."

Construction of the project is being coordinated from a base at the Port of Barrow, which already hosts the operation and maintenance teams for three other DONG Energy offshore wind farms; Barrow, Walney and West of Duddon Sands.

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