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All Turbines Installed at World's Largest Offshore Wind Farm

Seajack’s Scylla vessel installed 87 turbines at Walney Extension Wind Farm off the coast of Cumbria in the Irish Sea.

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The final turbines at the world’s largest offshore wind farm Walney Extension are now installed ahead of schedule. The wind farm is a shared-ownership project of Ørsted (50%) and two Danish pension funds.

There are two different turbine types installed seperately: First MHI Vestas Offshore Wind installed 40 of its 8MW turbines, which have each been optimised to deliver a maximum output of 8.25MW.

Afterwards, the first ever Siemens Gamesa 7MW turbines to be used in the field were installed. These last  47 turbines complete the installation work on the project, which will be the world’s largest offshore wind farm once fully operational later this year. Up and running the wind farm will deliver energy to power half a million people.

Speaking on behalf of Ørsted and partners PKA & PFA – Andrew Cotterell, Walney Extension Programme Director at Ørsted, said: “We’re delighted to announce that all 87 turbines have been installed. It’s thanks to the hard work of all the teams involved, both within Ørsted and our partner contractors, that we have successfully reached this significant milestone on schedule. We are now focussed on completing construction and looking forward to seeing the world’s largest wind farm brought safely into commercial operation later this year. Walney Extension is a prime example of the UK leading the way for offshore wind globally – demonstrating the commercial viability of the latest turbine technology from MHI Vestas and Siemens Gamesa, as well as the strength of the rapidly growing UK supply chain with blades manufactured on the Isle of Wight and in Hull.”

Windfair Staff
turbine, Seajacks, Scylla, UK, Walney Extension, MHI Vestas, Siemens Gamesa, offshore, wind farm, installation

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