The world’s largest offshore wind farm has officially been opened.
The 659-megawatt Walney Extension project by Ørsted and partners PKA and PFA has overtaken the London Array as the world’s largest offshore wind farm, covering an area equivalent to 20,000 football pitches.
Ten times the size of Lake Windermere, the wind farm off the coast of Cumbria has 87 turbines covering 145km2 of Irish Sea.
Ørsted UK managing director Matthew Wright said: “The UK is the global leader in offshore wind and Walney Extension showcases the industry’s incredible success story.
“The project, completed on time and within budget, also marks another important step towards Ørsted’s vision of a world that runs entirely on green energy.
”The North-West region plays an important role in our UK offshore wind operations and our aim is to make a lasting and positive impact here. We want to ensure that the local community becomes an integral part of the renewable energy revolution that’s happening along its coastline.”
The farm is Ørsted’s 11th operational offshore wind farm in the UK and brings Ørsted’s total capacity operating out of Barrow up to 1.5 gigawatts (GW).
Energy and Clean Growth Minister Claire Perry, added: “Record-breaking engineering landmarks like this huge offshore windfarm help us consolidate our global leadership position, break records for generating renewable energy, and create thousands of high quality jobs.
“As part of our modern Industrial Strategy we’ve set out a further £557 million of funding for new renewable projects, helping to tackle climate change and deliver clean growth to local economies.”
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