Final turbine installed at Walney Extension wind farm

25 April 2018 (Last Updated April 25th, 2018 10:56)

Danish power company Ørsted has revealed that the final turbine has been installed at the Walney Extension wind farm in the UK.

Danish power company Ørsted has revealed that the final turbine has been installed at the Walney Extension wind farm in the UK.

Ørsted holds a 50% stake in the wind farm, while the remaining stake is held by two Danish pension funds, including PFA (25%) and PKA (25%).

Walney Extension programme director Andrew Cotterell 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.”

“This demonstrates why the cost of offshore energy has come down significantly and is now an affordable solution for the UK consumer.”

The 659MW wind farm features turbines supplied by MHI Vestas and Siemens Gamesa.

MHI Vestas is said to have installed 40 turbines while Siemens Gamesa installed the remaining 47 turbines at the site.

Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy UK managing director Clark MacFarlane said: “The installation of the 47th and final 7MW turbine at Walney Extension is another celebration of how the wind industry is developing and what can be achieved in a very short space of time when we work in partnership.

“The first of our turbines at Walney Extension was installed as recently as the beginning of January and the wind farm is now up.

“This demonstrates why the cost of offshore energy has come down significantly and is now an affordable solution for the UK consumer. This is an industrial success story driven by Ørsted and its partners, and one that Siemens Gamesa is proud to be part of.”

The wind farm is expected to commence operations later this year after the turbines and substations are commissioned.