Siemens’ first turbine in Walney is running
A Siemens Gamesa 7MW wind turbine has generated its first power in the second and final stage of Walney Extension, which will become the world's largest wind farm, when the establishment is done later this year. The company in charge of developing the wind farm, Ørsted has stated.
"Siemens Gamesa is pleased, that this exciting and world-leading project is almost complete. For Siemens Gamesa it is alsoa world leading project, as it is the first installation with our 7MW wind turbines. In less than a year we will witness another half a million British homes benefit from clean green energy in the coming years, "said Clark MacFarlane, Managing Director at Siemens Gamesa, UK & Ireland.
The first three of 47 Siemens Gamesa 7MW wind turbines have been installed in the second and final stages of the development. According to Ørsted, this is the first time ever that the 7MW Siemens Gamesa wind turbines are used commercially.
MHI Vestas has already installed the first stage with 40 of its 8MW wind turbines, and commissioning is near completion. When the wind farm is completed, the 659 MW Walney Extension project will take London Array place as the world's largest operational wind farm.
The offshore wind farm, which is a joint venture between Ørsted, who own 50 percent and the two Danish pension funds PFA and PKA who own 25 percent each, is expected to be completed in the second half of 2018.
Source: Offshore Wind / Martime Denmark