World’s largest offshore wind farm opens in the Irish Sea

Published: 06 Sep 2018

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Danish wind giant Orsted has opened a £1bn offshore wind farm with a surface area of 20,000 football pitches, making it the largest offshore wind project in the world.

The Walney facility, located just off the coast of Cumbria, previously had 102 turbines before 87 more were installed in 2018, with the re-construction having since been named the Walney Extension.

The turbines each stand at a height of 623 ft (190m) and together have the ability to generate up to 659 megawatts of power- enough energy for 600,000 households.

Walney has now overtaken London Array, in the Thames Estuary, as the largest offshore wind facility globally.

Matthew Wright, UK managing director, said: "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."

Energy Minister Claire Perry, said: "Record-breaking engineering landmarks like this help us consolidate our global leadership position, break records for generating renewable energy, and create thousands of high quality jobs."

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