Dong Energy has unveiled its intention to build the 660-megawatts Walney Extension Offshore Wind Farm, which will be the world’s largest offshore wind farm.
As stated by the company, the 660 MW Walney Extension will implement 2-distinct wind turbines: MHI Vestas Offshore Wind will provide 40 8 MW wind turbines, and Siemens (as already reported) will provide 47 7 MW turbines.
“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,” stated Samuel Leupold, Executive Vice President at DONG Energy. “Building this offshore wind farm will bring us significantly closer to realising our strategy of having 6.5 GW of installed capacity online by 2020.”
The wind farm is expected to start operation in 2018, around which it will exceed the 630-megawatts London Array Offshore Wind Farm, authorized in 2014 by the same company, which is now the world’s largest offshore wind farm.
As predicted by the Global Data, the UK is expected to remain on top as the world’s leader in offshore wind farm development well into the mid-2020s, with an expected capacity of 23.2 gigawatts by 2025, up from a yet magnificent 4.5 GW in 2014.
“British offshore wind has seen phenomenal growth in recent years,” Samuel Leupold included. “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, and I’m satisfied to see that we keep bringing costs down, while continuing to expand the UK supply chain.”