Sep 4 (Renewables Now) - The first turbine at Dong Energy A/S' (CPH:DENERG) 659-MW Walney Extension offshore wind farm in the UK has been installed and is generating power to the grid, it was announced today.
MHI Vestas Offshore Wind has erected the first of 40 units of its V164-8.0 MW turbine at the wind park, which is located in the Irish Sea, off the coast of Cumbria. Its turbines will make up the Walney Extension West part of the project. Overall, the wind farm will feature 87 turbines, including also 47 Siemens Gamesa machines.
Once completed, the facility will become the world's largest offshore wind farm, surpassing the 630-MW London Array. Walney Extension is also the first wind park to have turbines of more than 8 MW as MHI Vestas' V164-8.0 turbines have been optimised provide a maximum output of 8.25 MW. It is the second offshore wind park to use MHI Vestas' V164-8.0 turbines after Burbo Bank Extension.