Dong Energy to build the world’s biggest offshore wind farm
Dong Energy announced today that it will construct the 660 MW Walney Extension Offshore Wind Farm.
The facility will be located in the Irish Sea, approximately 19 km off the west coast of Britain.
The company has received consent from the relevant authorities and most of the contracts for supply and installation to build the project have been signed.
When the Walney Extension is finished in 2018, it will be the largest offshore wind farm in the world, surpassing the 630 MW London Array Offshore Wind Farm commissioned by Dong Energy and its partners in 2014.
“Walney Extension will deliver clean electricity to more than 460,000 UK homes and I’m very pleased that we can now start construction of what will be the world’s biggest offshore wind farm when completed,” said Samuel Leupold, the executive vice president at DONG Energy.
“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.”
Dong is currently constructing other facilities in the UK and Germany.