Walney Extension Offshore Wind Farm. Credit: Walney Extension The world’s largest offshore windfarm has officially opened. The project commanding the Numero Uno status is the Walney Extension. An official inauguration was marked as September 6, and it now means that the Walney Extension overtakes the London Array as the world’s largest offshore wind farm. How large? Stats say the farm, located in the Irish Sea off the Walney Island coast in Cumbria, covers an area of around 145 sq km (55 square miles). Project watchers are talking electricity for nearly 600,000 UK homes. It’s especially being touted as having been built on time and on budget. It’s also being described as a "659-megawatt project ." The Danish company Orsted, PKA and PFA are the names behind this project. According to Reuters, "Walney Extension is a shared-ownership project between Orsted (50 percent) and two Danish pension funds – PFA and PKA (25 percent each)." Reports referred to the installation of 87 wind turbines from two different manufacturers. The Engineer walked readers through those behind the 87 turbines —40 MHI Vestas 8MW turbines and 47 Siemens Gamesa 7MW turbines, with blades manufactured in Hull and the Isle of Wight. Large and […]

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