Dong Energy has announced that it to build a new offshore wind farm in the Irish Sea with an installed capacity of 660MW, making it the world’s biggest facility of its type.
The Walney Extension Offshore Wind Farm will be located 19km off the Cumbrian coast and is expected to take the size title from the 630MW London Array Offshore Windfarm when opens in 2018.
“Walney Extension will deliver clean electricity to more than 460,000 UK homes,” said Dong executive vice president Samuel Leupold. “Building this offshore wind farm will bring us significantly closer to realising our strategy of having 6.5GW of installed capacity online by 2020.
“British offshore wind has seen phenomenal growth in recent years. A prerequisite for long-term growth in the industry is that offshore wind eventually can compete on costs with other energy technologies. Building Walney Extension will bring us one step closer to that target and I’m satisfied to see that we keep bringing costs down, while continuing to expand the UK supply chain. I’m also excited about the fact that turbine blades, part of the foundations and cable installation will come from UK manufacturing facilities and create local jobs.”
Further details about the foundations are to be announced in the near future.