Having already achieved massive strides and gaining the position of the world leader in the field of wind power, Europe has now become home to the world’s largest offshore wind farm – the Walney Extension Offshore Wind Farm. The 87 turbine facility, boasting a capacity of 659 megawatts and a capacity of providing renewable power to nearly 600,000 homes in the U.K., is now officially open.
The Offshore Wind Farm has 40 Siemens Gamesa turbines and 47 MHI Vestas turbines and has a massive scale, covering an area of nearly 20,000 soccer pitches. Orsted, the company that has the ownership of nearly 50% of the project, is operating 10 more offshore wind farms in the country. Danish pension funds PKA and PFA own 25% of the project each.
The project was completed within the specified budget and time and is a step ahead towards Orsted’s goal of bringing more green energy into the world. Europe has remained the leading contributor to the field of offshore wind energy and already has over 4,000 offshore wind turbines operating across 11 countries. Last year, the region saw the successful opening of 13 new offshore wind energy projects. In the U.K. along, an addition of 1.7 gigawatts of wind power capacity was seen in 2017; 1.3 gigawatts of additional capacity was added to the mix by Germany.
The new project has been welcomed by the U.K. and the entire global green energy sector as it marks the rise of the offshore wind energy sector to new engineering landmarks. The project will allow the country to add thousands of jobs to its kitty of resources capable of serving the renewables sector and help the country break several records for generating renewable power.