World's largest offshore windfarm opens - and Hull has played a central role in it

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 6 Sep 2018

Hull has played a leading role in the creation of the world’s largest offshore wind farm, unveiled yesterday in Cumbria.

Walney Extension, the 659MW project owned by Ørsted, is capable of generating enough green energy to power almost 600,000 homes in the UK.

More than half of the wind farm’s blades have been manufactured by Siemens Gamesa at its factory in Hull.

Covering an area of 145 sq km in the Irish Sea, the project has become Ørsted’s 11th operational offshore wind farm in the UK.

Matthew Wright, Ørsted UK managing director, said: “The UK is the global leader in offshore wind and Walney Extension showcases the industry’s incredible success story.

“The project, completed on time and within budget, also marks another important step towards Ørsted’s vision of a world that runs entirely on green energy.

“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.

Read more: Siemens Gamesa sees revenues plummet - but says future still looks bright

“We want to ensure that the local community becomes an integral part of the renewable energy revolution that’s happening along its coastline.”

Siemens Gamesa has manufactured 47 turbines for the new wind farm, with the blades sent from the facility in Alexandra Dock.

More than half of the blades have been manufactured in Hull

The news comes on the back of an announcement from the company that it has signed a new contract with Ørsted to supply 165 turbines for Hornsea Project Two, off the coast of East Yorkshire.

When operational in 2022, Hornsea Project Two will overtake its sister project, Hornsea Project One, to become the largest offshore wind farm in the world.

Read more: Hornsea construction chalks up a world-first with 4,000 tonne offshore addition

It will have a capacity of 1,386MW which means it will be capable of supplying well over 1.3 million homes with clean electricity.

For now though, the title of the world’s largest working offshore farm belongs to Walney Extension.

The wind farm will power almost 600,000 homes

Claire Perry, energy and clean growth minister, 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 thousands of high quality jobs.

As part of our modern Industrial Strategy we’ve set out a further £557m of funding for new renewable projects, helping to tackle climate change and deliver clean growth to local economies.”

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