The first of 32 giant wind turbines, each nearly twice as tall as the Royal Liver Building, has been successfully installed at the £1.3bn Burbo Bank Extension offshore wind farm at the entrance to the Irish Sea.
At 195m, the MHI Vestas 8MW turbines are the largest in the world and it is the first time they have been used in an offshore wind farm. Once completed the 258MW wind farm will generate enough electricity to power over 230,000 UK homes.
“This positive milestone is a significant achievement for the project and we look forward to producing more green energy here in Liverpool Bay.”
As well as using the biggest turbines in the world, the 80m blades for the new 8MW turbines will also be the first locally built blades to be installed at a UK offshore wind farm, having been designed, tested, and manufactured on the Isle of Wight and assembled at MHI Vestas’ pre-assembly facility in Belfast.
About 45 full-time employees will work on both the Burbo wind farms out of a newly built operation and maintenance facility in Liverpool for the expected 25-year lifetime of the wind farm.
The project is a partnership between Dong Energy, which owns 50%, Danish pension PKA, 25%, and Kirkbi A/S, parent company of the Lego Group, also holding 25%.