Construction has begun on the onshore substation that will connect the mammoth Walney Extension Offshore Wind Farm to the national grid.
Contractor Dong Energy, which is building the wind farm 19km off the Cumbrian coast, said the substation was a key part of the project.
The Walney Extension Offshore Wind Farm is expected to produce 367.2MW annually and generate enough electricity to power around 460,000 homes.
Dong Energy deputy construction manager for the onshore substation John Agnew said: “This is a really exciting moment in the project. The onshore substation is one of the most important features of the wind farm, as it will take the electricity generated and feed it into the national grid for people to use.
“It’s always a pleasure to see these projects take shape and deliver a variety of benefits to the local region. We are committed to working with local subcontractors and supply chains to ensure we are investing in the community, both in the construction stages of the project and throughout its entire lifetime.”
The wind farm scheme was granted consent by the UK government in November 2014 and Dong Energy is expecting to take a final investment decision on the project later this year.
The onshore substation ground-breaking leads the way for the next stage of the project’s development, which will be the onshore cable installation early in 2016.