World’s largest offshore wind farm ready
Seajacks Scylla have installed the last of the 87 wind turbines at the 659 MW Walney Extension offshore wind farm. This makes it the second time that Great Britain can brag about being in possession of the world’s largest offshore wind farm. The first one to take the title was London Array with 630 MW.
Walney Extension was built in two stages with turbines from two different manufacturers. Walney Extension West consists of 40 MHI Vestas 8 MW turbines, which at its highest performance can reach 8,25 MW. The East End consists of 47 Siemens Gamesa 7MW turbines. This is the first time this turbine is used for commercial purposes.
The installation of the last of the 47 Siemens Gamesa turbines marked the completion of turbine installation on the project. The project will be the world’s largest offshore wind farm, once it fully up and running in the second half of 2018.
Work is currently being done on launching the turbines and the two transformers, according to Ørsted, the company in charge of the operation and owners of half the project. The remaining half is owned by Danish pension funds PFA and PKA with each 25 percent.
Once the offshore wind farm is fuly up and running, Walney Extension will be able to generate enough pure power for more than 500.000 British homes.
Source: Offshore Wind / Maritime Denmark