World’s biggest working wind farm opens in the UK – built by the Danes
The Walney Extension, a Danish-led and funded project in the Irish Sea off Cumbria, has 87 turbines – each standing approximately 190 metres high. The windfarm is nearly 19 kilometres off Walney Island and covers an area of 145 square kilometres. It is capable of generating 695 megawatts and uses more than 300 km of cables to connect the turbines offshore to the National Grid onshore. Construction of the project started in 2015, and has been completed by Danish energy firm Orsted, with the backing of two Danish pension funds. Matthew Wright, Orsted UK managing director, said that the project marked another important step towards Orsted’s vision of a world that runs entirely on green energy.
- Isle of Wight County Press –