World’s largest offshore wind farm officially opened in the UK

Located off the coast of Cumbria, it cost £1bn to build

  • It consists of 87 turbines which can generate enough electricity to power almost 600,000 homes
  • They span an area the size of 20,000 football pitches
  • The turbines are each twice the height of Big Ben and one rotation can power a home for more than a day

The world’s largest offshore wind farm which spans an area the size of 20,000 football pitches has officially been opened in the UK.

The 659MW Walney Extension in the Irish Sea consists of 87 turbines which can generate enough electricity to power almost 600,000 homes.

They cover an area of 145km2 and is located around 19km from the Walney Island coast in Cumbria – ongoing operations and maintenance activities are expected to support more than 250 jobs in the region.

Developer Ørsted said the turbines are each twice the height of Big Ben and one rotation can power a home for more than a day.

Matthew Wright, Ørsted UK Managing Director added the £1 billion project marks another important step towards the company’s vision “of a world that runs entirely on green energy”.

Energy and Clean Growth Minister Claire Perry said: “Record-breaking engineering landmarks like this huge offshore wind farm help us consolidate our global leadership position, break records for generating renewable energy and create thousand of high quality jobs.”

Ms Perry is the headline speaker at Energy Live Expo on 31st October in London. To book your place, you can e-mail [email protected].

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