Located 19kms off the coast of south Cumbria, the 630 MW project in the Irish sea would be the world's largest offshore wind farm, eclipsing the 630 MW London Array Offshore Wind Farm.
Located in the Irish sea, this prestigious project would be equipped with 40 MHI Vestas Offshore Wind 8 MW turbines and 47 Siemens 7 MW offshore turbines.
Mr. Samuel Leupold, Executive Vice President at DONG Energy said "Walney Extension will deliver clean electricity to more than 460,000 UK homes and I’m very glad that we can now start construction of what will be the world’s biggest offshore wind farm when completed. Building this offshore wind farm will bring us significantly closer to realising our strategy of having 6.5 GW of installed capacity online by 2020."
"Offshore wind energy in the UK has seen phenomenal growth in recent years. A prerequisite for long-term growth in the industry is that offshore wind eventually can compete on costs with other energy technologies. Building Walney Extension will bring us one step closer to that target and I’m satisfied to see that we keep bringing costs down, while continuing to expand the UK supply chain. I’m also excited about the fact that turbine blades, part of the foundations and cable installation will come from UK manufacturing facilities and create local jobs," he added.
By signing up to developing this project, Dong energy has set itself as the leader of offshore wind development. When Walney Offshore Wind farm is commissioned, Dong energy will have built a total of 5.089 GW offshore projects.