RenewableUK hails opening of offshore wind farm with world’s most powerful turbines
17 May 2017
Posted by: Rob Norris
RenewableUK is celebrating the official opening of DONG Energy’s Burbo Bank Extension offshore wind farm, off Liverpool Bay, where the world’s most powerful offshore wind turbines are generating clean power.
It’s the first time that turbines with a capacity of 8 megawatts each have been deployed offshore commercially. The 32 turbines give Burbo Bank Extension a capacity of 258MW – enough to power 230,000 homes.
The turbine blades are 80m long - the equivalent of nine double decker London buses - and each weighs 35 tonnes. They were designed and manufactured on the Isle of Wight by MHI Vestas Offshore Wind at their world-leading blade factory. The 450-tonne transition pieces (which link each turbine tower to its foundations) were built by Offshore Structures Britain in Teesside. The assembly of the turbines took place in Belfast.
RenewableUK’s Executive Director Emma Pinchbeck said: “This game-changing project is a testament to the offshore wind industry’s strong commitment to relentless innovation - including the state-of-the-art turbine blades which were designed, tested and made on the Isle of Wight, and the huge transition pieces built in Teesside.
“It’s great to see a variety of places in the UK benefitting from offshore wind, as the turbines were assembled in Belfast Harbour.
“Today’s turbines are the most efficient ever - driving down the cost of electricity for consumers”.
For further information, please contact:
· Jennifer Webber, Director of External Affairs, 0207 901 3012 or 07792 463 445 Jennifer.Webber@RenewableUK.com
· Robert Norris, Head of Communications, 0207 901 3013 or 07969 229913 Robert.Norris@RenewableUK.com
· Adam Wentworth, Communications Officer, 0207 901 3038 or 07791 702702 Adam.Wentworth@RenewableUK.com
1. RenewableUK is the trade and professional body for the wind, wave and tidal energy industries. Formed in 1978, and with more than 400 corporate members, RenewableUK is the country’s leading renewable energy trade association.
2. More on Burbo Bank Extension, a joint venture between DONG Energy (50%) and its partners PKA (25%) and KIRKBI A/S (25%): the 258MW development consists of 32 turbines in an area of 40 km², 7km off Liverpool Bay, generating enough electricity to meet the average needs of up to 230,000 homes. First power was generated in November 2016. The turbines, built by MHI Vestas Offshore Wind, are 195m tall (tip height).
DONG Energy’s Burbo Bank offshore windfarm (90MW, 25 turbines, each 3.6MW) was inaugurated in 2007. The combined windfarms will produce enough power every year for almost third of a million homes.
3. More on Offshore Structures Britain in Teesside, which built the 450-tonne transition pieces (linking each turbine to its foundations).