Today, A2SEA’s SEA INSTALLER completed the installation of 32 MHI Vestas 8 MW turbines at DONG Energy’s Burbo Bank Extension, an offshore wind project situated in the Irish Sea.
Burbo Bank Extension is owned by DONG Energy (50%), PKA (25%) and KIRKBI A/S (25%).
The wind farm, which has a total capacity of 258 MW, is located 7 kilometers off the coast of Liverpool Bay. The project, expected to be fully commissioned in the first quarter of 2017, will provide energy for well over 230,000 homes in the U.K.
“We are delighted at the completion of this major milestone in the project,” comments Claus Bøjle Møller, project director at DONG Energy. “It follows on from the first power generation in November. This is the first time the 8 MW turbines have been installed offshore, so it is an exciting time for the entire industry. By using more powerful turbines, we are able to bring down the cost of providing clean, renewable energy to homes around the U.K.”
Flemming Ougaard, chief operating officer of MHI Vestas, says the focus will now shift to commissioning the project and bringing the turbines into “full operation” before the wind farm is handed over to DONG Energy.
SEA INSTALLER says its next project is the turbine installation for the 580 MW Race Bank wind farm for DONG Energy. Installation is planned to start in early May 2017.