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Tuesday, 02 June 2015

Huge new windfarm generating power off Cumbrian coast

One of the UK’s biggest ever offshore windfarms is now generating power off the coast of Cumbria.

duddon sands

This is a landmark moment in the West of Duddon Sands Offshore Windfarm project, which began two years ago.

The commissioning process is underway, and power from four turbines is now being exported to the national grid.

Located approximately 20km off the Barrow-in-Furness coastline, the windfarm will be capable of generating up to 389 megawatts (MW) of electricity – enough to meet the annual electricity demands of approximately 280,000 homes.

More than 1,000 people are currently employed on the project, a joint venture between ScottishPower Renewables and DONG Energy.

Keith Anderson, CEO of ScottishPower Renewables said: “Constructing an offshore windfarm is a major engineering challenge, and it is fantastic to see all of the different elements of the project coming together to achieve first power.

“First power is a significant milestone West of Duddon Sands, especially given the challenging weather conditions we have seen in recent months, and it gives us confidence that we will be able to fully complete the project later this year.”

The electricity generated initially connects in to a specially designed offshore substation.

The voltage from the turbines is increased and two export cables then take the electricity ashore to the onshore substation at Heysham, where the windfarm is connected to the UK national grid.


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