The existing Walney wind farm, operational since 2012, has been expanded with additional 660 MW, becoming the largest offshore wind farm in the world.
Ørsted and two Danish pension funds (PFA and PKA) completed the project to enlarge the existing Walney offshore wind farm in the Irish Sea, 19 km off the island of Walney.
The existing Walney farm has been operational since 2012 with a capacity of 367.2 MW.
The project consisted of two extensions, a western extension (WOW03) and an eastern extension (WOW04), with the following characteristics:
- a total power of approximately 660 MW to provide the electricity for 600,000 households
- 40 MHI Vestas turbines (V164-8.0) of 8 MW, optimized for 8, 25 MW (WOW03 extension)
- 47 Siemens Gamesa 7 MW turbines (WOW04 extension)
- 2 electric substations, one for each extension
- 2 independent 220 kV electrical systems
- both extensions cover a total area of 145 square kilometre
The Crown Estate is granting a 50-year lease on the “round 2” for the installation of the Walney offshore wind farm.
Walney wind farm is operational.
After obtaining the necessary authorizations and securing its supply chain, Dong Energy affirms its desire to build the two extensions of the Walney wind farm.
The WOW03 west extension is built first: MHI Vesta Offshore Wind is in charge of building the V164-8.0 turbines. The order includes a five-year service including ensuring optimum turbine performance.
MHI Vestas turbines start their energy production. This energy supplies the national electricity grid.
The first three Siemens Gamesa 7 MW turbines are installed.
The complete extension of the Walney wind farm is officially inaugurated.