First power from DONG Energy’s Burbo Bank Extension

Tuesday, 22 November, 2016 - 15:30
This is the first time the MHI Vestas 8MW wind turbines have been used commercially offshore. (Photo: DONG Energy)
This is the first time the MHI Vestas 8MW wind turbines have been used commercially offshore. (Photo: DONG Energy)

With the initial wind turbines recently installed at Burbo Bank Extension Offshore Wind Farm, power is now being exported to the UK grid. This is the first time the Vestas 8 MW wind turbines have been used commercially offshore, and the successful energisation is an important step in the project. The park is a joint venture between DONG Energy and its partners PKA and KIRKBI A/S.

Over the coming weeks, the first wind turbines at Burbo Bank Extension Offshore Wind Farm will be generating more and more electricity for the UK grid. “First power is a key milestone for us because it proves that every part of the transmission and generation equipment is successfully working“ said Claus Bøjle Møller, Burbo Bank Extension Programme Director.

Once all 32 turbines are in place the wind farm will be capable of generating up to 258 MW. The completion of the works is expected in the first quarter of 2017.

Construction of Burbo Bank Extension, located 7 km off Liverpool Bay, is being managed from DONG Energy’s facilities at Cammell Laird Shipyard site in Birkenhead by a team of around 90 people. Work is also underway on a multi-million pound state-of–the-art operations and maintenance facility in King’s Wharf, Seacombe, to serve the two DONG Energy wind farms in the area.

DONG Energy has been operating out of Liverpool Bay for a decade. Its Burbo Bank Offshore Wind Farm was inaugurated in 2007 and was the first to use the 3.6MW wind turbines now used widely across the industry.

Philipp Kronsbein / DONG Energy

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