The world’s largest working offshore wind farm – covering an area equal to 20,000 football pitches – is due to open later off the coast of Cumbria. The £1bn Walney facility already had 102 turbines before the completion of a further 87 earlier this year – dubbed the Walney Extension. Each turbine stands 623ft (190m) high, with the wind farm covering an area of 55 sq miles (145 sq km). It will be able to generate enough power for 600,000 homes. Sitting in the Irish Sea 12 miles (19km) off Barrow-in-Furness, the wind farm overtakes the current largest operational facility, London Array, in the Thames Estuary.
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Orsted, the Danish energy company, has completed the world’s largest offshore wind farm in the Irish Sea, setting a new landmark as wind farms become bigger and more powerful. The wind farm, set to be formally inaugurated on Thursday, has a capacity of 659 megawatts, enough to power about 600,000 UK homes. It stretches across 145 square kilometers in the ocean, nearly the same size as the country of Lichtenstein. The farm’s 87 giants turbines contain blades that were made in the UK by Vestas MHI and by Siemens Gamesa, at their respective facilities at the Isle of Wight and in Hull.
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The supersizing of windfarms around the British coastline means Walney Extension will not hold its title for long. ScottishPower’s East Anglia One will be bigger at 714MW when it opens in 2020. Ørsted itself has even larger schemes in the works, including Hornsea One and Two (1,200MW and 1,800MW, respectively) off the Yorkshire coast. Wright said it was “fantastic news” that ministers had recently committed to a timetable of auctions for clean energy subsidies every two years, starting in 2019. He said it was too early to say whether the company would submit its Hornsea Three windfarm, capable of powering 2m homes, into next year’s auction. But the execut ive warned that leaving the EU posed the risk of short-term disruption, and seamless borders and free-trade were important to Ørsted. “A hard Brexit or a last-minute no deal is probably the thing that would cause a problem in terms of supply chains and movement of goods and people,” he said. In the long-term, however, any form of Brexit would not change the firm’s interest in the UK and the fundamentals of the market. “We can deal with it,” he said. Wright said he was unfazed by the ‘wind drought’ that the heatwave brought to much of Europe this summer. “We will see some low wind periods, some high wind outputs,” he said. But the record-breaking temperatures and wildfires would likely strengthen political action on global warming, he thought. “It does tend to focus the mind a little in terms of climate and energy policy. I think it does have an effect,” he said. Offshore windfarms provide nearly a tenth of the UK’s electricity.
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